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President Donald Trump has always had a laser-sharp wit and is quick on his feet.
During a phone interview Monday, that wit came shining through when Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner asked Trump why he chose to weigh in on the border crisis under the Biden administration.
“Most president, ex-presidents like yourself do not weigh in at this level,” Faulkner said. “Why did you feel like you needed to on this issue?”
“Well, you called me, I didn’t call you, in all fairness,” Trump hilariously responded.
“You wrote the statement last night,” Faulkner responded. “It was pretty strong.”
“I put out a statement,” Trump said. “The reason I weigh in is very simple. They’re destroying our country. Very simple. It can’t get simpler than that.”
Trump also ripped the Biden administration over the migrant surge at the U.S. border, arguing that the Biden administration is “destroying our country.”
He also said that Democrats are bringing violence from other countries into the U.S.
“You have a lot of bad people coming into our country and they’re [the Biden administration] is doing nothing about it,” Trump said, noting that murderers and sex traffickers are among those currently entering the U.S.
“It’s crazy,” Trump added.
Trump said he is speaking out about the situation at the border because he wants “to do what’s right.”
“People are just walking into our country and they will destroy our country,” he said.
Trump added: “You can’t take millions of people, they’ll have millions of people before this mess is over. And they’ve got some kind of political theory I guess that it’s a good thing… We want people to come in but they have to be able to help our country. They have to come in through merit and they have to come in legally.”
The first two months of 2021 have seen more border encounters by CBP than in corresponding months of any of the past three years.
There were over 100,000 border encounters in February.
The Biden administration’s border crisis has gotten so bad that even CNN is calling them out for it.
An explosive report last week revealed children detained in an overcrowded government-run tent facility at the US-Mexico border say they haven’t been able to shower for days or contact their parents.
Some children get to shower about once a week and sometimes soap runs out, with only shampoo available, she said. One child told Welch she hadn’t showered in six days.
Things are so bad that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is asking DHS staff to “volunteer” to help deal with what he conceded was an “overwhelming” number of migrants at the border.
Earlier this week, Democrat West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin broke from Biden and called the migrant surge a crisis that needs to be fixed.
“Whatever message was sent — it was sure interpreted the wrong way,” he said. “It’s a crisis — oh it’s a crisis.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also did not mince his words this week when discussing Biden’s handling of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border — and he’s laying the blame on Democrats.
During an interview on Fox News, McConnell flat-out said that Biden “owns” the border crisis, and that, “It is, by definition, an emergency.”
“My definition of a crisis is when you send the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which only goes to emergencies, down to the border,” McConnell said.
“It is, by definition, an emergency. This administration walked away from the policy of the previous administration (which) was able to negotiate with the Mexican government, where people are detained on the other side of the border,” he added.