Trump arrives in Texas for border wall visit – his 1st public appearance since U.S. Capitol riot
ALAMO, Texas — President Donald Trump arrived in Texas to visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday to highlight his administration’s work on the border wall.
The visit was the president’s first public appearance since he addressed supporters last week riling up a crowd that later staged a violent siege of the U.S. Capitol. He is anxious to highlight accomplishments as his presidency winds down, the White House said.
The visit comes as Democrats in the U.S. House are pushing for an impeachment vote Wednesday after formally introducing their proposal on Monday.
In brief remarks to reporters as he left the White House for Texas, Trump took no responsibility for the Capitol riot. “People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said of the remarks he made to his supporters.
Trump came to Texas to visit the Rio Grande Valley town of Alamo. He is marking the completion of 400 miles of border wall and his administration’s efforts to reform what the White House described as the nation’s broken immigration system.
The Rio Grande Valley is the site of furious legal and construction activity related to the border wall as U.S. Customs and Border Protection races to build new miles of fencing ahead of Inauguration Day.
Trump’s campaign for the presidency in 2016 focused extensively on the president’s desire to construct a border wall. He also promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but it has been paid for by U.S. taxpayers.
While most of the wall went up in areas that had smaller barriers, the government has built hundreds of miles of fencing as high as 30 feet in a short amount of time — most of it this year.
The administration prioritized areas where the wall could be built more quickly, and crews have blasted hills and bulldozed sensitive habitats in national wildlife refuges and on American Indian land to do it.
The trip marked the second visit to the Rio Grande Valley of Trump’s presidency. He previously visited McAllen in 2019 in the midst of a partial government shutdown related to his push for border wall funding.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were not joining Trump for the trip. They were in Austin on Tuesday for the opening day of the biennial legislative session, according to their offices.
The post Trump arrives in Texas for border wall visit – his 1st public appearance since U.S. Capitol riot appeared first on KVIA.