Amid the breaking news, that police in Iowa had charged a man with the murder of a missing college student, the White House shared a video on Twitter which promoted an anti-immigrant sentiment.
20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts had been missing for more than a month in Iowa, having last been seen in her hometown of Brooklyn on 18 July as she took a routine evening jog.
On Tuesday, police arrested 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a Mexican man who had been working on a local dairy farm. He later confessed to her murder after they discovered what is believed to be Tibbetts body in a field of corn stalks.
On Wednesday evening, the White House Twitter account shared a video which featured families whose loved ones had been killed by undocumented aliens in the United States and reference the murder of Tibbetts in the caption.
For 34 days, investigators searched for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts. Yesterday, an illegal alien, now charged with… https://t.co/cNl7A0x6GU
— The White House 45 Archived (@The White House 45 Archived)
Allen Richards, the attorney for Rivera, criticised the Trump administration in court for politicising the case.