UPDATED 1:44 PM PT — Thursday, January 10, 2019
President Trump recently reaffirmed his right to declare a national emergency over border security funding, and slammed Democrats for politicizing the issue.
He visted McAllen, Texas Thursday, where he toured the border and met with law enforcement on the front lines.
The president held a roundtable with agents, lawmakers and angel families, including the brother of the California police officer murdered by an illegal alien on Christmas.
During the roundtable meeting, the president hit back against the left for accusing the White House of manufacturing the crisis at the southern border. He said criminal gangs and drugs will continue to flood into the U.S. without proper border security, and the human trafficking crisis will only get worse.
The president said border security funding would not just pay for a steel barrier wall. It would also fund drug detection technology, aid in increasing the number of border patrol agents as well has help with improving conditions at detention centers.
President Trump also hit back against the media, saying Mexico is absolutely paying for wall through the USMCA trade deal.