CNN’s Jake Tapper suggested hypocrisy on the part of President Donald Trump's expressed concern for “beautiful babies” killed in Syria, implying that the president's expressed concern should compel the admission of more “refugees” from the failed Muslim-majority state.
In an interview with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday’s State of the Union, Tapper asked why babies from Syria - perhaps along with their mothers - would not be admitted to the homeland as refugees following Trump’s “refugee ban:”
“President Trump made his decision, in part, because of the images he saw from the chemical weapon attack. The ‘beautiful babies,’ in his language, that were killed. How do you square that with President Trump also banning refugees coming in from Syria? I understand wanting more intense vetting, I certainly get that. But if we’re talking about beautiful babies being slaughtered, why not allow Syrian refugees who are children, and maybe their mothers to come in after they’ve been vetted?”
Haley noted the lack of trustworthy processes through which to vet foreigners from Syria seeking entry to the homeland, stating that Trump is “not gonna risk American lives… when [refugees] can’t properly be vetted.”
Tapper repeated his implied call for the admission of youngsters as refugees from Syria, implying that such admissions do not necessarily include parents or other adult guardians as a packaged deal:
TAPPER: But certainly you don’t think Syrian children pose a risk to the American people?
HALEY: Well, Syrian children have to come with Syrian adults, and you don’t know - it’s hard to know based on the vetting process.
Tapper seemingly implied that babies and children from Syria should be admitted to the homeland without their fathers. Also implied was that the mothers of such children do not pose any risks - in terms of national security or otherwise - to the U.S. He made no acknowledgment of Islamic terrorism as a risk factor related to foreign Muslims seeking entry to the homeland.
On Friday, Tapper pushed the same narrative in a tweet to Ivanka Trump:
Tapper did not inquire about alternative resettlement options - particularly regional alternatives in countries with similar cultures - for at-risk persons fleeing Syria.
Haley was not asked by Tapper to articulate America’s national interest in or around Syria.
Tapper presents himself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media figure. CNN similarly presents itself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media outlet, branding itself as “The Most Trusted Name In News.”
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