Ingraham: Perry Meeting Is More 'Photo Op Policy-Making' By Obama
The White House, under pressure from Republicans to focus on the border crisis during a President Obama fundraising visit to Texas on Wednesday, has invited Gov. Rick Perry to meet with Obama on the issue.
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett sent a letter to Perry on Monday extending the offer. The letter came after the Texas governor turned down an offer to greet the president at the Austin airport for what he dismissively described as a "quick handshake."
Instead, Perry offered to meet with the president "any time" during his visit for a "substantive meeting" to discuss the influx of illegal immigrant minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas.
Jarrett appeared to take him up on the offer, inviting him to a meeting on Wednesday in Dallas "with faith leaders and local elected officials."
"The administration will continue to give this urgent situation the focused attention it deserves at the highest levels," she wrote, assuring the governor that the administration is applying a "whole-of-government response" to the crisis.
Laura Ingraham gave us her thoughts on the latest developments in the border crisis on Fox and Friends, calling it more "photo op policy-making" by the White House. She argued that Perry has been trying to get the president's attention on this crisis for years.
Ingraham called Texas "ground zero" in the border crisis and believes the White House is doing all it can to avoid the president making any appearances at these facilities that are filled with illegal immigrant children.
"I think he’s worried about being seen in one of these detention facilities because that could be a photo op that would blow up in his face. And he’s worried about what that would look like, I believe. For the president to confront this face-to-face would be a startling picture. He doesn’t want that picture out there. I think that’s a lot of what’s going on here," she said.
The hosts got Laura's take on much more this morning, including a new story on the IRS scandal, a tweet from the president's Twitter account about the Hobby Lobby ruling and NOW's criticism of Catholic nuns. Watch the full discussion above.