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Ivanka Trump denies her father has authorized lethal force at the border, backtracks when pressed

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28.11.2018

First daughter and senior adviser to the president Ivanka Trump lied — and then backtracked — about the fact that her father, President Trump, authorized lethal force at the U.S. southern border in an interview with Good Morning America Wednesday.

“I don’t believe that that’s what he said, but his primary role as commander in chief is to protect the nation’s borders,” she said when asked about the authorization, adding that lethal force “is not, I think, something that anyone’s talking about.”

But, as CNN noted Wednesday, just last week, the president said he has, in fact, “given the OK” to use lethal force on the border, though he said he hopes “they don’t have to” use it.

Pressed about this during her GMA interview, Ivanka Trump said, “So lethal force, under any circumstance, would be the last resort. But he is the commander in chief of the armed forces of this country, so he always has to be able to protect the border…. He’s not talking about innocent asylum seekers.”

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