CNN is receiving some backlash after inviting "Sesame Street" character Elmo onto a panel to discuss President Donald Trump's travel ban (video below).
The beloved "Sesame Street" character spoke with Clarissa Ward and International Rescue Committee activist David Miliband during a Facebook Live panel on June 26, the Daily Mail reported. They discussed the impact of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Trump's travel ban.
Ward interviewed the puppet about Middle East policy and the complexities surrounding the international refugee crisis. Elmo made the case that Syrian refugees and American citizens were the same "deep down."
"They like to play and learn just like Elmo and all his friends at Sesame Street," Elmo said of the Syrian children. "Elmo thinks it's important to know that everybody is the same deep down and that's very important."
The Supreme Court recently decided to temporarily allow Trump's travel ban on six Muslim countries. A final decision will be made in the fall as to whether the travel ban is constitutional.
In the meantime, the Trump administration can stop anyone from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.
"It was really sad because Elmo's new friends told Elmo that they had to leave their homes because it wasn't safe for them to stay," Elmo continued. "And that made Elmo really sad and sometimes a bit scared."
"It's worth saying, perhaps especially today, that this country, the U.S., receives very few refugees and there's a lot of fear and loathing being put out," Miliband added.
Several conservative media outlets accused CNN of using the beloved "Sesame Street" character as a "propaganda puppet" to turn American children against the president.
Sherrie Westin, from non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, defended the decision to have Elmo participate on the panel.
"Sesame has had a long history at looking at issues from a child's perspective and given the staggering number of children who are displaced today, we knew this was an area where we really had to try to do something to help and we knew we couldn't do it alone," said Westin, who was also on the panel.
Westin added that Elmo previously visited a refugee camp in Jordan in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee to help provide refugees across the Middle East with some education.
Trump took to Twitter on June 27 to launch his latest criticisms of the media.
"Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories," the president tweeted. "Ratings way down!"
"So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC?" Trump added in a separate tweet. "What about the failing [New York Times[ & [Washington Post]? They are all Fake News!"