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Trump seeks spotlight at U.S.-Mexico border with attacks on Biden policies

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By Julia Harte

WESLACO, Texas (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump, in his latest effort to regain the national spotlight, traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday to accuse President Joe Biden of neglecting national security by dismantling border controls.

Speaking in front of an unfinished section of border wall, Trump said his Democratic successor's decision to undo his hard-line policies had led to increased illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

"Biden is destroying our country," Trump said.

Trump remains one of the most influential figures in Republican politics and has flirted with running for president again in 2024.

His appearance near Weslaco at the southern tip of Texas, his second https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-revenge-tour-kicks-off-with-saturday-rally-ohio-2021-06-26 public event in recent days, had the trappings of a miniature campaign rally as he revived old grievances from his time in office, including his 2020 loss to Biden and questions about Trump's mental and physical fitness while president.

At least 31 Republicans in the House of Representatives skipped out of work to attend the event and were recognized from the stage by Trump. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, a fellow Republican and possible 2024 presidential candidate, accompanied Trump on the visit.

Trump has struggled to maintain a high profile following his loss to Biden in November and after being permanently banned from Twitter and suspended for two years by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) for making false claims of election fraud.

An accelerating criminal investigation into his business empire could complicate any return to campaigning. The Wall Street Journal reported https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-organization-cfo-expected-be-charged-thursday-wsj-2021-06-30 on Wednesday that the Manhattan district attorney is expected to charge his company and its chief financial officer with tax-related crimes on Thursday. Trump did not respond to reporters' questions about the investigation.

Trump's comments on Wednesday come as arrests at the southwest border have risen to the highest monthly levels in two decades since Biden took office, according to preliminary figures first reported by Reuters.

Since he took office in January, Biden has reversed many of Trump's restrictive immigration policies. He halted construction of Trump's signature border wall and ended a program that forced tens of thousands of migrants to wait in Mexico pending resolution of their U.S. asylum cases.

Republicans have blamed the increased border arrests on more welcoming policies https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-children-explainer/explainer-why-more-migrant-children-are-arriving-at-the-u-s-mexico-border-idUSKBN2BA11B.

They have also signaled that immigration will be a focus of the party's campaign to retake control of Congress from Democrats in next year's midterm elections.

Reuters/Ipsos polling suggests their attacks are having little effect. About 10% of 4,420 adults ranked immigration as the nation’s top priority in a June 11-17 poll, down 5 points from a similar survey in April. Among Republicans, 19% listed immigration as a top priority, down 10 points from April.

Americans' approval of Biden’s handling of border issues is nearly unchanged over the past few months, with 47% saying they disapproved of his leadership on immigration, while 40% said they approved.

Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has tasked with addressing the root causes of migration from Central America - poverty, crime, corruption, and the effects of climate change - urged officials to focus on practical solutions during her visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/harris-visits-us-mexico-border-amid-criticism-republicans-2021-06-25.

Democrats called on Republicans in Congress to work with them to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

"Anything less is political theater," Democratic National Committee spokesperson Ammar Moussa said in a statement.

Trump seeks spotlight at U.S.-Mexico border with attacks on Biden policies
 

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Ray Saini
Ray Saini Jul 01, 2021 1:46AM ET
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Trump is real President !!
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 01, 2021 1:46AM ET
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The correct spelling is ex-president.
Joel Schwartz
Joel Schwartz Jul 01, 2021 12:43AM ET
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They could have just ended this title at “Trump seeks spotlight.”
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 01, 2021 12:43AM ET
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True, Joel, they could have. But Trump seeks the spotlight in everything he does, so a little more specificity was required.
Gene Kret
Gene Kret Jul 01, 2021 12:15AM ET
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Trump is the man!
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 01, 2021 12:15AM ET
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.... who couldn't handle the reality of losing, so made up a big lie to try and save face. (I finished your sentence for you, Gene).
Jason Moreira
Rolln Jul 01, 2021 12:13AM ET
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Dont report on this guy unril he is in prison
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jul 01, 2021 12:01AM ET
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Trump peaked in Nov 2015.
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Jun 30, 2021 11:26PM ET
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Trump 2024!🇺🇸
Jeni Bolotovski
Jeni Bolotovski Jun 30, 2021 11:26PM ET
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Not happening. From 2020 going forward, all elections will be "fortified".
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An unfinished section of  wall?   Wait a  minute...  We  were sold on him  building a big,  beautiful wall;  at  Mexico's expense.  Oh yeah,  he even shut down the  U.S.  govt to extort from us  taxpayers for it.  Yep:feeling a  little gypted.
Water Bender
Water Bender Jun 30, 2021 10:40PM ET
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Most people love the wall. Thank you Donald.
Jose Soberanes
Jose Soberanes Jun 30, 2021 10:40PM ET
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The wall was partially paid by Mexico… Viva Trump!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Jun 30, 2021 10:11PM ET
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another balanced article
Special Forces
Special Forces Jun 30, 2021 9:47PM ET
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trumps orders wall painted black...is that his best? night climbers
Dan Hodel
Dan Hodel Jun 30, 2021 9:26PM ET
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Did Mexico slide a check through the fence that they were supposedly going to pay for?
 
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