The prospect of a border visit arose a day after President Joe Biden sought to blame his predecessor for the current crisis as thousands of migrants pour into the United States every day. Although Trump aide Jason Miller said no trip is “imminent,” controlling illegal immigration was Trump’s signature campaign issue in 2016 and the current situation could provide a powerful contrast between his administration and Biden’s.
“And so, not immediately, but I could see a trip at some point in the future here,” Miller told the Washington Examiner on Friday. “But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about.”
The 45th president on Thursday night criticized Biden for comments he made earlier in the day about the migration surge, saying immigrants are flocking to the southern boundary because he is a “nice guy.” The implication was clear: They feared Trump during his term because they saw him as the opposite.
“By the time we finished what we were doing [at the border], very few people were coming up because they knew they weren’t going to get through. We stopped ‘catch and release’ — which was a disaster,” Trump told Fox News.
“The very biggest thing was, we had the ‘Remain In Mexico’ policy, and that means that we wouldn’t allow people to wait in our country until they were totally checked out, which most of them didn’t get checked out, and they would go back to their own country,” the former president said.
“If young kids were with parents, but a lot of times, they weren’t, and we would take care of them, but … what they are doing now is outrageous. And they should finish the wall,” Trump added.
That followed his successor’s comments during the press conference slamming Trump’s policies and attitude about migrants.
“Well, look, I guess I should be flattered people are coming because I’m the nice guy; that’s the reason why it’s happening — that I’m a decent man or however it’s phrased,” Biden said. “That — you know, that’s why they’re coming, because they know Biden is a good guy.”
Trump’s critiques of Biden’s immigration policies have become repetitive. A trip to the border might be a way to highlight the migrant surge, which he and Republican lawmakers see as a major problem — and which could be a central plank of the eventual 2024 GOP presidential nominee’s general election strategy.
Biden said Thursday his intention as of now is to seek a second term, even though he is 78 years old.
Source : Washington Examiner : Trump might visit southern border as he slams Biden handling of migrant surge, aide says