Breaking Video: Salvadoran Pres. Issues Game-Changing Announcement on Border Deaths of Father, Daughter That Media Blamed on Trump


In perhaps the most shocking announcement from a Latin-American leader in recent memory, El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, admitted Sunday that his country is at fault for the deaths of its citizens attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.

The announcement received little attention at first, but a newly released video of the Bukele actually issuing the statement has prompted more interest.

“We can blame any other country, but what about our blame?” Bukele told the BBC. “What country did they flee? Did they flee the United States? They fled El Salvador, they fled our country. It is our fault.”

By issuing such a statement, Bukele effectively absolved Trump of any guilt the American left and establishment media had heaped on him since the heartbreaking photo of a father and young daughter found drowned in the Rio Grande as they tried to cross to American soil.

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This is important because the media narrative against Trump has increasingly focused on what amounts to a humanitarian crisis on the border.

Ironically, it was the left and the establishment media that refused to admit the existence of a crisis for months.

The Democrat-controlled Congress also defeated over a dozen attempts to provide funding for humanitarian relief and increased security at the border.

Now, as the left’s narrative has transformed — as leftist narratives are wont to do — Trump has become not just a heartless xenophobe but an outright killer.

Don’t believe me? Witness Democratic presidential candidate Beto “I’m-totally-not-using-a-toddler’s-death-to-promote-my-own-campaign” O’Rourke’s tweet.

And then there’s this gem too.

Two points to take away from this.

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First, the Salvadoran president’s open acceptance that his country is to blame for these, and other, border deaths is not only refreshingly honest but also hopeful.

No progress in staunching the flow of immigrants from Mexico and farther south will be made until leaders in those countries, states, cities and municipalities agree the fault is not in their stars and they unite to suppress violence, restore order, root out corruption and promote freedom.

Bukele’s admission is a step in the right direction. There’s absolutely no reason these nations need to look more like the hellscape of Venezuela than the modern, overwhelmingly prosperous Chile.

Second, Bukele’s comments put the lie to this particular anti-Trump narrative and the underlying racist charges. If Trump is racist for suggesting that the problem is not our border security but conditions south of the border, would Bukele have to be racist as well?

Of course that’s absurd, and that’s one of the biggest reasons the left will despise this announcement.

Sure, they’ll try to spin it into a validation of their never-ending demands for greater foreign aid, but that narrative goes nowhere right now.

Everyone’s fixed on the border and what’s happening to its south. Democrats want to stake their political fortunes there. That’s just fine with us. We have powerful allies in the American people, the U.S. Border Patrol, citizens who live on the border, oh, and El Salvador’s president.

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor for assignment at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where later in his career he served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal.

He's married to a gorgeous blonde who played in the 1998 NCAA women's basketball championship game, and he has two teens who hate doing dishes more than poison. He makes life possible for two boxers -- "Hank" Rearden Manning and "Tucker" Carlson Manning -- and a pitbull named Nikki Haley "Gracie" Manning.
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