Former secretary of housing and urban development Julian Castro appeared to inadvertently endorse President Donald Trump's policy toward economic development in Central America while attempting to explain the contrast between himself and the president on immigration.
Castro, whose campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has failed to generate traction in the crowded 2020 field, recently opined about the need for a 21st century Marshall Plan in Central America.
"There will be greater stability in this hemisphere, people will find safety and opportunity in their own countries so they won’t knock on the door of the United States, and as China and others strike out in Latin America it makes more sense for us to have stronger relationships," Castro said. (He failed to provide specifics but promised the investment would be "bigger than we’ve ever done.")
Castro attempted to point out "how much a failure Trump has been on immigration." But instead of creating a contrast with the president, Castro's remarks appeared to offer an endorsement of the Trump administration's recent initiative addressing the root cause of Central American migration.