Donald Trump announces campaign rally as Pelosi rebukes 'threat'

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2019

"If we don't (cross) here, we'll go to anther part of the border", he said.

One of the 17 negotiators, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, left the briefing by Customs and Border Protection agents telling reporters that lawmakers demanded a list of priorities for securing the U.S. -Mexico border from illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants. "They don't rule out barriers, they don't rule out fences. The tone is good between the various conferees".

"If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea", he said.

"That basically sets the stage for a very reasonable, flexible negotiation", he said.

In comments that suggested a potential avenue for agreement, some lawmakers suggested that giving local officials a say would be pivotal.

Trump mentioned El Paso Tuesday night during his State of the Union address.

Of course, President Trump's point was that El Paso's safe streets are entirely the product of a border wall and, of course, that isn't even close to being true.

"Simply put", he said, "walls work, and walls save lives".

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During Tuesday's State of the Union address, Trump highlighted the border city, along with San Diego, California, as examples of a lower crime rate since fencing was constructed along the U.S. -Mexico border. "El Pasoans should be offended by the way the president used our community to advance his racist and xenophobic agenda".

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, tweeted that "El Paso has been one of the safest cities in the nation long before the wall was built in 2008".

Trump plans to visit El Paso for a rally next week, a visit during which Margo hopes he gets a chance to show Trump the truth about his city.

This is the seventh rally Trump has held in Texas and the first in El Paso. The city's Republican mayor, Dee Margo, said he's looking forward to the president's visit, but tweeted that El Paso was "NEVER one of the most risky cities" in the nation. El Paso's crime rate has continued to drop in the years since, from 457 crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2009 to 393 in 2014, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. By 2010, El Paso's murder rate had dropped to 0.9 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 4.8.

The Speaker has, however, offered mix signals on her level of involvement in the talks, telling POLITICO Wednesday that she would accept whatever the conference committee offers up in terms of agreement but pledged that no funding for a wall would be included.

"Like in any negotiation - if the Republicans and the White House are saying they need barriers, wall, whatever you want to call it, and that is an absolute objective, and we're saying we want some other things - like in anything else, it's a trade off", she said.

He said, "The only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations" an apparent swipe at the special counsel investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign, as well as the upcoming congressional investigations.

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