Ivanka Trump has landed herself in a bit of hot water after Tweeting a photo of herself snuggling with her youngest son, Theodore, on Sunday. In normal circumstances, the photo is pretty innocuous, but due to reports that the United States government lost 1,500 migrant children who entered the U.S. at the Mexican border, it comes off as tone deaf.
"My ! #SundayMorning," she captioned the photo.
Many voiced their dismay at the photo, including NBC correspondent Joy Reid. “You’d almost never know her father’s administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,5000 of them.”
“Isn’t it [just the] best to snuggle your little ones — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right?” added actor Patton Oswalt.
They aren't the only ones who found the photo distasteful.
Prior to his daughter’s controversial Tweet, President Donald Trump tried to blame the “horrible law” on Democrats. “Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law,” he wrote on Saturday, adding, “we MUST continue building the WALL!”
However, The Washington Post notes that there is no law requiring the government to separate children from parents who enter the country illegally. This policy was decided by Trump administration. Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about the policy.
"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” Sessions said at the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies’ 2018 spring conference. “We don’t want to separate families, but we don’t want families to enter the border illegally.”