Former President Donald Trump joined Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday to address the flooding of illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, slamming President Joe Biden’s handling of the crisis along the way.
Also attending the briefing were over 20 House Republicans, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R), border agents and officials, according to CNN.
Trump used the briefing to draw the contrast between his administration’s handling of the border versus the current administration.
“There has never been a border so secure as the southern border that we had,” Trump noted, “and now it’s opened up.”
“Now we have an open, really dangerous, border,” the former president continued. “More dangerous than it’s ever been in the history of our country, and we better go back fast.”
The Biden administration’s move to reverse Trump-era border policies, such as the construction of the wall, may have been politically motivated, Trump said.
“We had all these great polices going and they were ended. One day, they were all ended. This didn’t take place over three months or five months. This took place in the first week, they were ended,” Trump said before suggesting a possible motivation for the moves. “It was almost like they were ended because I did it.”
While Trump visited the section facing the brunt of the crisis — the Rio Grande Valley Sector — Vice President Kamala Harris paid a visit to El Paso, Texas, where illegal crossings are considerably lower.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who represents a border district, called her decision to visit El Paso a “politically safe” move, The Texas Tribune reported. Cuellar said that visiting the Rio Grande Valley would have given Harris a better understanding of the state of the crisis.
“If you want to get a snapshot of where the action is happening, you go down to where the action is.”
For Trump and Abbott's full comments concerning the border, including their comments about the Biden administration's handling of the crisis, watch below: