The host of “Shepard Smith Reporting” said “dirty and hungry children” were being forced to “sleep on concrete floors without blankets, toothpaste, soap or diapers.”
Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Sunday that the conditions were “heartbreaking,” but shifted the blame to Congress and the migrants themselves. An attorney for the Justice Department argued in court last week against providing soap, toothbrushes or even beds to the youngsters.
In contrast to his network’s pro-Trump prime time hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, Smith vehemently disagreed:
Soap and toothbrushes are not optional for children in detention. They are necessary. Were these particular children prisoners of war rather than innocent children, failure to provide those necessities would be a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
“Yet President Trump claims his administration is doing a fantastic job under the circumstances,” added Smith.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article erroneously referred to Mike Pence as the “former” vice president; he currently still holds that office.