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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tried to reset the narrative around the Trump administration’s family separation policy in a CNN interview on Tuesday night, calling it “one of the great acts of American generosity and charity.”


Azar made those remarks during an appearance on Wolf Blitzer’s show, where the host pressed him on why members of the media and lawmakers are being turned away from visiting these child detention centers if the kids are having fun and thriving.

“Oh, come on, Wolf. You know we’ve been open and transparent,” Azar replied, going on to claim that so many lawmakers have been touring these facilities that they’re threatening the good work staffers are doing—apparently very slowly—to reunite kids with their parents.


Azar later said the government has “nothing to hide about how we operate these facilities,” and then took his assessment of the nauseating situation much further.

“It is one of the great acts of American generosity and charity what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids who are smuggled into our country or come across illegally,” Azar said. “We don’t have anything to hide about it.”

Indeed, we can only chalk up reports of who-knows-how-many toddlers being ripped, crying, from their parents, teenagers reporting being handcuffed to chairs with bags over their heads and suffering broken bones at the hands of guards, and allegations that one center forcibly injected separated children with sedatives to “American generosity.”

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