Trump backs use of ‘very safe’ tear gas on crowd of migrants

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President Donald Trump calls on a reporter as he speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Mississippi for rallies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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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