President Donald Trump said migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border are living in better conditions than in their home countries, after public outcry over the detention of children and adults in unsanitary conditions. “Many of these illegal aliens are living far better now than where they” came from, “and in far safer conditions,” Trump said Wednesday. “No matter how good things actually look, even if perfect, the Democrat visitors will act shocked & aghast at how terrible things are.”

The Trump administration is evaluating vacant properties near five cities as potential permanent sites to hold hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children. Property is being assessed in and around Atlanta; Phoenix; Dallas; Houston; and San Antonio, Texas, Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber said Wednesday. Properties that can hold up to 500 children are being requested in bidding documents. Buildings must have up to 100,800 square feet of space and the properties must include about 2 acres for outdoor recreation.

Trump is planning to stage a campaign rally July 17 in Greenville, N.C., a battleground state, on the same day this month that former special counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to deliver highly anticipated public testimony to Congress.

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