Simon Coveney issued an unprecedented angry statement against US President Donald Trump’s Mexico border policy which is forcibly separating children from their parents.

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has issued an unprecedented angry statement on the Trump policy of forcibly separating children from their parents  on the US-Mexico border.

He described the policy as “indefensible, immoral and shocking”. It is almost unheard of for an Irish elected official to criticize an American president on domestic policy.

Coveney involved President Donald Trump’s election slogan: “Make America Great Again”.

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Coveney tweeted: “Separating children from parents as part of ‘border controls’ is indefensible, immoral and shocking. This kind of leadership gives license to other countries to follow inhumane policies towards vulnerable refugees. Is this making America great?”

Separating children from parents as part of “border controls” is indefensible, immoral and shocking. This kind of leadership gives license to other countries to follow inhumane policies towards vulnerable refugees. Is this making America great? @RTENewsNow https://t.co/ikM948XRuA

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) June 18, 2018

Labour Party leader Brendan  Howlin also attacked Trump’s policy.

“The former first Lady Laura Bush has called the policy cruel and immoral. I think parents the world over are horrified to see the United States behave in this fashion. Whatever the issues are around immigration, it is simply unacceptable to make children the primary scapegoats.”

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Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the government Simon Coveney.Photocall