Right before Marine One’s departure, President Trump had some comments for the press on a wide range of issues. As tension rises at the border with the incoming migrant caravan, the recent firing on Ukraine from Russian and other matters were briefly discussed in a short press conference. The questions were pressed and the responses were straightforward in true Trumpian manner.
One of the major issues being discussed is the migrant caravan and how best to deal with the people at the border. As news comes in about tear gas being used on migrants and specifically children, President Trump was asked if he had reached a deal with Mexico to hold migrants at the border. In response, President Trump explained that “Mexico wants to see if they can get it straightened out. But we’ve, during certain times, as you know, closed the border. They’re not coming into the United States. They will not be coming into our country.”
Since assuming office in 2016, President Trump has made border security and immigration top priorities in his administration. And, in recent weeks, the President has doubled down on his pursuit of getting funding for the “wall.”
In response to tear gas being used at the border on migrant children, the President explained that “They had to use because they were being rushed by some very tough people, and they used tear gas. And here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally.”
The President was pressed on whether or not he was comfortable with using tear gas on children, and President Trump maintained that they were not using tear gas on anyone that wasn’t being confrontational.
As growing tension at the border continues to generate discussion in the political sphere, the migrant caravan moves forward with some calling it an invasion and others calling it a need for political asylum.