>> US President Donald Trump on Saturday spoke out for the first time about the deaths of two migrants' children who died in US custody. The President, in a tweet, chose to link their deaths to ongoing negotiations over border security. Saying that Democrats and their immigration policies were at fault.
Though it's unclear exactly which policies he was referring to. The tweets come just days after eight-year-old Felipe Gomez-Alonzo died on Christmas Eve. Officials this week said he had the flu, but cautioned that the cause of his death is still under investigation. And earlier this month, it was Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old girl that died after a grueling trip from Guatemala to the US with her father.
Their deaths prompting the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, to head to the US Mexico border Friday and Saturday, to get a first hand look at medical screening. Meanwhile in Washington, the President insisted that if the US had a wall, migrants wouldn't try to come. That wall is the reason for the partial government shutdown.
The President is demanding $5 billion to fund it. Though his administration has signaled it may be willing to scale back the amount.