President Trump has announced that he will join Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a visit to the border. Trump, always one for gamesmanship, will make his visit to the border before Border Czar Vice-President Kamala Harris does so.
According to The Dallas News:
Donald Trump will tour the state’s border with Mexico later this month, after accepting an invitation from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to investigate what Trump termed an “unmitigated disaster zone.”
The trip, on June 30, is an apparent response to Vice President Kamala Harris not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border amid ongoing tensions over how to address an influx of migrants.
“What [President Joe Biden] and Harris have done, and are continuing to do on our border, is a grave and willful dereliction of duty,” Trump said in the statement from Save America, the PAC Trump created after leaving office. “My visit will hopefully shine a spotlight on these crimes against our Nation — and show the incredible people of ICE and Border Patrol that they have our unshakeable support.”
For months, Harris has been the focus of GOP criticism for not visiting the border, which Republicans have been quick to deem a crisis zone. Harris has responded to that criticism by saying the administration is trying to focus on migration’s root causes, rather than performing “grand gestures.”
Since taking office President Joe Biden has stopped much of the construction on the border wall and redirected funds to other projects he deems more important. Read more about Biden’s attack on the border wall here.