>> President Trump was all smiles on Tuesday as his administration played damage control over its controversial policy of separating and detaining children at the border. The President at once seeming to condemn and defend the practice.>> I don't want children taken away from parents. And when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.
>> Outage has swelled over images like these that show kids in detention centers sleeping on the floor, under disposable blankets, and held in cages. But Trump Tuesday tried to change the conversation from children to criminals.>> Democrats love open boarders, let the whole world come in. Let the whole world, MS 13 gang members from all over the place.
Audio released by the non profit news site Propublica, Monday is said to capture screaming and crying children from one of the detention centers.
> When confronted with this the White House followed the bosses lead.>> Are you guys comfortable with the sights and the sounds of this?
The sounds of children crying, Marcie?>> Look what's very heart breaking is to watch American families who have lost their children because of the MS 13 gang members.>> The White House vigorously defended the policy on Monday, with Trump, his Attorney General, and Homeland Security Secretary all spinning what was becoming a damaging news cycle.
>> Our policy at DHS is to do what we're sworn to do, which is to enforce the law.>> The law does not require that family be separated at the border. What happening is that parents are being prosecuted criminally for illegal re entry. And when that happens parents are transferred into federal jail, where they await hearing and sentencing by a federal judge.
And because they're not federal jails for kids, the kids are transferred to OR custody where they are put in among 100 plus facilities across the country.>> You'll have killings, you'll have murders->> On Tuesday the President, apparently displeased with the coverage of this story, lashed out at the media.
>> They are helping these smugglers, and these traffickers like nobody would believe.>> On Tuesday Trump met with Republican lawmakers ahead of votes on immigration legislation.