Watch: Sarah Sanders Ignores 'Empathy' Question About Immigrant Children Taken From Parents at Border

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dealt with an irate reporter during Thursday's press briefing over the detaining and separation of immigrant children from their parents upon crossing the southern border of the United States.

Earlier in the briefing, Sanders had fielded several questions about the immigrant children and said that President Donald Trump had repeatedly tried to work with Democrats to close loopholes in immigration policies and wanted to avoid "political games."

CNN's Brian Karem went on the offensive, noting that Sanders is a mother of three children and pushing her to answer the question over whether she had "empathy" for the immigrant parents and children.

"Come on, Sarah, you're a parent. Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through?" Karem asked, raising his voice. "They have less than you do."

Sanders responded by asking Karem to "settle down." Karen shot back: "Seriously, seriously…You're telling us it's a law, and these people have nothing."

"I'm trying to be serious, but I'm not going to have you yell out of turn," Sanders said over Karem. She continued: "Hey Brian, I know you want to get some more TV time, but that's not what this is about."

"It's not that, it's not that, it's about you answering a question," Karem said. "Honestly, answer the question, it's a serious question. These people have nothing, they come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages. You're a parent, you're a parent of young children. Don't you have any empathy for what they go through?"

Sanders responded to Karem by focusing on another reporter's question.

Karem launched a similar tirade against Sanders last year, when he said during a press briefing that he was tired of being "bullied" by attacks on the media by the Trump administration.

Sanders, who on Wednesday dealt with a report about her potential departure from the White House in the near future, said that the Trump administration had not changed immigration policy but was enforcing "the law."

"It's not a policy change to enforce the law. That's been this administration's policy since the day we got here," Sanders said prior to the tense exchange with Karem.

However, Sanders did not note the policy change made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May: to charge those who cross the border illegally in a criminal, rather than civil, court. The distinction resulted in children being taken from their parents.

The policy change was reportedly meant to act as a deterrent to immigrants crossing the border illegally, as the Trump administration attempts to keep the president's campaign promise of tougher immigration policy and border control in the name of national security.

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