Score Points: Why is Trump Visiting The Border?

Published June 16th, 2021 - 07:46 GMT
Trump accepted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott call to visit the border on June 30th
In this file photo taken on January 12, 2021 US President Donald Trump signs a plaque as he tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas. MANDEL NGAN / AFP
The former president said Biden had dismantled the 'secure' border he ensured

Former President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday he will be visiting the border with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on June 30.

Trump released a statement saying he had accepted Abbott's invitation and tore into the Biden-Harris administration for dismantling 'the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S. history' under his administration. 

He announced plans for the trip days after Abbott revealed his plans for Texas to restart building on border wall using private funds.

'We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release. We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world,' he wrote in the release from his Save America PAC account.

'Biden and Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes. 

'Drug dealers, MS-13 gang members, human smugglers, sex traffickers, and the criminal elements of the world now have free reign. Hospitals and schools are getting crushed and public health is being sacrificed all in service of a radical left anti-borders agenda. 

'Our brave border agents and courageous ICE officers have been illegally stopped from doing their jobs. Our Nation is now one giant sanctuary city where even dangerous criminals are being cut loose and set free inside the U.S interior on a daily basis.' 

Trump released the statement as he was spotted outside Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. He waved to crowds lining the street before getting in a motorcade on the way to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. 

Last week, data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show the number of migrants rocketed by more than six-fold from the 23,237 who crossed from Mexico into the United States in May 2020.

The data also showed illegal crossings have exploded by 674 per cent in a year, with 180,034 recorded in May - the fourth consecutive monthly rise.

Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico last week to address the 'root causes' of the migration crisis, but was widely criticized for her short answers on why she wouldn't visit the border. 

Trump also said on Tuesday he had rejected book deals from two prestigious publishing houses amid reports that big publishers were wary of signing up to release what would be a disputed and controversial memoir.

Details emerged as Trump reshuffled his team, appointing a new spokesperson, and aides announced he would be holding his first post-presidential rally in Ohio on June 26.

However, Trump has yet to announce a book deal - generally considered a lucrative exercise for a recent White House resident as well as a chance to settle old scores.

The former president insisted that was his decision, having rejected two offers.

'That doesn’t mean I won’t accept them sometime in the future, as I have started writing the book,' he said in a statement first obtained by Politico.

'If my book will be the biggest of them all, and with 39 books written or being written about me, does anybody really believe that they are above making a lot of money?

'Some of the biggest sleezebags [sic] on earth run these companies.'

He was responding to claims that publishers were reluctant to sign him up.

'It would be too hard to get a book that was factually accurate, actually,' an industry figure told the publication.

'That would be the problem. If he can’t even admit that he lost the election, then how do you publish that?'

Trump's vice president Mike Pence has signed a seven-figure deal for two books with Simon and Schuster.

However, that triggered an employee revolt and staff circulated a petition accusing the publisher of promoting bigotry.

Earlier Trump named Republican veteran Liz Harrington as his new spokesperson.

'Liz Harrington is a fighter,' he said.

'She was an important part of our receiving more votes than any incumbent President in U.S. history, far more than we received the first time we won.'

Harrington is the former national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, editor-in-chief of ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon's, and senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon.

'It is an honor of a lifetime to represent President Trump and to stand for the truth,' she said.

'At such a critical time for our country, President Trump’s fighting spirit is needed now more than ever. We will not stand idly by and let America fall to the radical left-wing mob.'

Miller had held the role since Trump left office in January, helping build a new political operation first at Mar-a-Lago in Florida and then at Bedminster, New Jersey.

'I greatly thank Jason for his service - he is outstanding,' said Trump in a statement announcing the change.

Miller is taking up a job in the private sector, joining a company that owns one of the social media companies being considered by Trump for his new platform.

Trump is expected to hold his first rally since leaving power in the Cleveland area on June 26 That will be followed by a second rally in the Tampa area on July 3, according to an aide familiar with the planning.

They will be his first rallies since appearing before supporters on Jan. 6 when an angry mob attacked the U.S. Capitol. 

He has continued to protest his election loss to President Joe Biden and had criticized the new administration on everything from immigration to the COVID-19 pandemic during interviews and a handful of speeches.

But he also teased his return to rallies which an aide said would likely resemble the airport rallies conducted last year to skirt coronavirus restrictions.

'We'll be doing one in Florida, we're going to do one in Ohio, we're going to do one in North Carolina,' he told One America news in May.

Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of running for the White House again in 2024 although insiders say they do not expect him to take a decision before feeling out the political currents during next year's midterms.

On Monday, he marked his 75th birthday at his New Jersey golf club.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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