Former CIA chief compares Trump admin to Nazis over separating children from parents

A former CIA chief has blasted the Trump administration’s decision to break up families that cross the border illegally, comparing the move to that of Nazi Germany.

Retired General Michael Hayden tweeted a haunting black-and-white photo of the Auschwitz concentration camp Saturday along with the caption, “Other governments have separated mothers and children.”

Hours later, he tweeted the same image and said in the message, “This is Birkenau. Then Germany. Now Poland. NO ONE who now walks through that portal on that siding can casually believe that civilized behavior is guaranteed.”

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In response to a similar comparison by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley issued a statement to Fox News.

“It is appalling that Joe Scarborough would compare sworn federal law enforcement officers— who put their lives on the line every day to keep American people safe— to Nazis,” Gidley said. “It is also horribly insulting to the memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust.”

The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism over the family separations at the border.

According to CNN, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealed Friday that between April 19 and May 31, nearly 2,000 minors had been separated from their guardians at the border.