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Trump backs use of 'very safe' tear gas on crowd of migrants

President Donald Trump is defending the use of what he calls "very safe" tear gas by border agents to repel a crowd of Central American migrants that included rock-throwers but also crying children.
    
Critics denounced the border agents' action Sunday as overkill, but Trump kept to a hard line.
    
Trump said Monday that the agents had been "rushed by some very tough people."
    
But at a Mississippi roundtable later Monday, the president seemed to acknowledge that children were affected, asking, "Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming and it's going to be formed and they were running up with a child?"
    
He said it was "a very minor form of the tear gas itself" that he assured was "very safe."
 


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