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President Trump reportedly called off last weekend’s planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids as part of a strategy to ratchet up the pressure on Congressional Democrats to change the country’s asylum laws. But Monday’s evening newscasts of ABC and NBC gave the credit to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) because she claimed she told the President he was “scaring the children of America” with the raids.
“A mass roundup was planned for this weekend, but then the President spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a 12-minute phone call, she told him the raids would ‘inject terror into our communities,’” boasted ABC congressional correspondent Mary Bruce during World News Tonight.
Pelosi received similar glorification on NBC Nightly News from chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson. “Now, the countdown is on. President Trump, an abrupt about-face announced on Twitter he's holding off for two weeks on deportation raids planned over the weekend,” she prefaced. “The reversal of the raids prompted partly by a one-on-one call with the House Speaker.”
“Children are scared. You're scaring the children of America, not just in those families, but their neighbors in their communities. You're scaring the children,” Pelosi declared in the NBC soundbite.