On Saturday, former president Donald Trump told Fox News that he plans on visiting the southern border within a matter of weeks. He also criticized the Biden administration’s response to the entire border crisis.
Trump said on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” that “a lot of people want me to” visit, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol officials.
Host Jeanine Pirro asked Trump when he planned on visiting the southern border, Trump replied: “probably over the next couple of weeks.”
Trump said he doesn’t want to be involved in the border crisis but he’ll likely make a visit because officials from the United States Border Patrol (USBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asked him to do so.
Trump commented after other Republicans visited the border to bring attention to the crisis.
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“A lot of people want me to. Border Patrol and all the people at ICE, they want me there, they asked me to go. So I sort of feel like I owe it to them. They’re great people, they’re doing an incredible job,” he said. “It’s a very, very dangerous situation. I’d love not to be involved. Somebody else is supposed to be doing it.”
Jeanine Pirro asked for an exact date but Trump said he didn’t “want to set a schedule, but over the next few weeks I guess I’ll go.”
“I’m not sure if I really should do it, other than the fact that I have such respect for the Border Patrol and for ICE. These people, they’re dying for leadership, and there’s nothing, there’s no leadership,” he added. “You have to see the squalor. The children. And frankly, people that have come into the country. When you look at what’s happening. The dirt and the filth. That’s why they’re not letting the press in.”
Trump also discussed his relationship with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and criticized the Biden administration for ending those diplomatic discussions.
“He’s supposed to go and make the decision to stay in Mexico. He ended that,” Trump said. “It’s incredible. We are not getting along with Mexico any longer. We have a great president of Mexico who was great to me.”
President Biden and Vice President Harris have still not visited the border since taking office.