Trump has mental shutdown during El Paso rally. Tells crowd two completely different things.
President Donald Trump had a supposed mental breakdown during his rally in El Paso on Monday night when he claimed midway through that people in the crowd needed to be saying "finish that wall," instead of "build that wall, because we've built a lot of it" already.
That goes directly against what he said at the beginning of the rally, which officially kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign, when he stated to the entire world: "tonight we started a big, beautiful wall" ... right smack on the Rio Grande."
Reports from the Rio Grande aren't fully in yet to confirm but we do know that the wall hasn't been built anywhere else along the southern border.
Even Ann Coulter, a far-right media person that frequently defends the president, has called out Trump for lying about the wall's construction. She called Trump out on the issue, saying that zero miles have been done so far.
The most that has been completed is fencing. And, that's so minimal, it's not even a discussion. We're talking mere miles of construction that don't even come close to covering the ground needed to build a barrier with Mexico.
It's possible that Trump could be talking about fencing when he makes his claim but that's intellectually dishonest. Fencing is not a wall and his supporters are wanting what they were promised.
Right now, at the time of Trump's rally, it is being reported that a tentative deal on avoiding another governmental shutdown has been reached between negotiators and it includes a mere $1.375 billion for “pedestrian fencing," but no funding for a wall. It also reduces overall ICE detention beds by 17.4 percent.
This is far less than Trump has demanded, and if Trump signs it will be a major victory for Democrats.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, who approved the Senate negotiations says that he and Trump are on the same page, which signals Trump could be in agreement, as well.
“He wants more robust funding. We want more robust funding. But we have to look at it as a border system, and we talked about that a lot with him, so I would characterize his response as frustrated that it’s not higher, but we’re telling him and we believe that this is part of a process and we need his support because we’re on the same team,” Capito said.