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The diplomatic row came over a broken contract by Australia to buy French submarines in the wake of a new security pact by Australia, the US and the UK.Philippe Étienne, France's ambassador to the United States, and his counterpart in Australia were recalled to Paris "for consultations" at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's minister for Europe and foreign affairs.
Due process sometimes seems like a foreign concept to the Biden administration, particularly when it comes to how it deals with the crisis at the border.
This bedrock legal principle - so important that itin the U.S. Constitution - came to mind after President Biden declared during a short press conference on Friday that his own Border Patrol agents were guilty and would be punished.
"To see people treated like they did, horses barely running over, people being strapped," President Biden said of Border Patrol agents on horseback who were accused of whipping Haitian migrants trying to cross the Southern border. "It's outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences."
Texas Republican congressman says the Border Patrol agents filmed whipping at Haitian migrants are 'doing God's work'
The Department of Homeland Security announced it has opened an investigation into the treatment of the Haitian migrants, including children.Gonzalez argued that the law enforcement agents were "doing God's work" by attempting to prevent the migrants from crossing the river on Sunday near Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian migrants hoping to seek asylum in the US are currently sheltering in a squalid makeshift refugee camp under a bridge in Del Rio.
"Those people will pay." So much for innocent until proven guilty.
To use one of the president's favorite phrases, here's the deal: It turns out the photographer who took the photos that went viral of border agents on horseback in Del Rio, Texas, says no migrants were being whipped and that the photos were misconstrued.
"Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses," Paul Ratjein El Paso. "I've never seen them whip anyone... He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you're looking at the picture."
Yep - it turns out the "whips" that- and - said were being used were actually bridle reins, which riders use to help direct their horses.
When asked if the president had prejudged the investigation, the White House press secretary said he had done no such thing.
Border Patrol suspends using agents on horseback amid outrage
Amid outrage, the U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it would suspend using agents on horseback to deal with Haitian migrants on the southern border. Shortly afterward, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the decision to end the horse patrols in what critics said was offensively harsh treatment of the migrants.
"The president was not prejudging the outcome of the investigation," Jen Psaki told reporters Friday. "The president was responding from his heart and responding to seeing horrific photos."
The spin is comical, even by D.C. standards.
The false narrative continued to get pushed on national television, including on ABC's "The View."
"Madam Vice President, we've been discussing those disturbing images of U.S. border agents on horseback inhumanely corralling Haitians at the U.S. southern border," said co-host Sara Haines. "And you've been tasked with immigration. How do you explain this?"
"Human beings should not be treated that way," Harris responded in finally addressing an issue - the border crisis - she's in charge of. "It also invoked images of some of the worst moments of our history, where that kind of behavior has been used against the Indigenous people of our country, it has been used against African Americans during times of slavery."
Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment
The images — men on horseback, appearing to use reins as whips to corral Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies, they say, are and have long been anti-Black. The Border Patrol's treatment of Haitian migrants, they say, is just the latest in a long history of discriminatory U.S. policies and of indignities faced by Black people, sparking new anger among Haitian Americans, Black immigrant advocates and civil rights leaders.( AP Photo/Felix Marquez, File) U.S.
Border Patrol is pushing back on the administration, and rightly so.
"Now that the President of the United States has already said they did wrong, how is an investigator supposed to do a true and honest investigation?" asked Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council. "Because if that investigator finds they did nothing wrong - and they didn't do anything wrong - but if that investigator finds they didn't do anything wrong, how is that investigator's job going to go?"
So, what does the public think of the Biden administration's handling of the border?
According to the37 percent of American adults are "not at all confident" while an additional 20 percent are "not too confident" in its handling of immigration, . Notably, since March the administration's approval on immigration policy has dropped 12 points among Democrats and 10 percent among independents.
Overall, more than 1.5 million people have entered the U.S. illegally under this administration's watch.
Live updates: Biden vows action for treatment of Haitian migrants; Mayorkas says migrants gone from bridge camp
Biden vowed action in his first extensive remarks on border patrol agents on horses who chased and seemed to whip Haitian migrants with their reins.“It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. They will be investigated. There will be consequences,” Biden said in response to a reporter's question at the White House.
Conditions at the border are horrific. There are reports of overcrowding and abuse of women and young girls, all while almost none of those entering have been vaccinated at a time when the U.S. is losing an average ofto COVID-19. No wonder morale among border agents is at an .
But the president and vice president and their media allies just couldn't help themselves. Someone else needed to be blamed for this fiasco. And this time they couldn't blame former President Trump.
Enter the Border Patrol, who should be awarded with medals at the White House for their tireless work throughout this crisis.
Instead, they're declared guilty based on one misconstrued photograph.
Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.
NATO troops patrol Kosovo-Serbia border after truck blockade .
JARINJE, Kosovo (AP) — Soldiers with a NATO-led peacekeeping mission are keeping watch at the Kosovo-Serbia border after the two countries reached a deal to deescalate tensions triggered by a dispute over vehicle license plates. Kosovo Force troops from the United States, Italy and Poland were seen patrolling Saturday as ethnic Serbs removed the trucks they had used to block the road to two border crossings while protesting the Kosovo government's decision not to allow vehicles with Serbian license plates into the country.