Trump eyes visit to US-Mexico border soon but is waiting for Biden to fail first, former aide says
- Trump may visit the US-Mexico border "soon," former senior adviser Jason Miller said in a podcast.
- He is waiting for Biden to "go and fail on his own" before he makes the trip, Miller said.
- Trump has previously criticized Biden for the "dangerous" surge of migrants at the border.
Former President Donald Trump is considering visiting the US-Mexico border but is waiting for President Joe Biden to "fail on his own" first, former aide Jason Miller said in a podcast on Friday.
Miller, a senior adviser on Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, was asked whether Trump was going to head to the border imminently to address the surge of migrants waiting to be let into the US, the Independent reported.
"We discussed that recently, I could see him doing that soon," Miller said on "The Michael Berry Show" podcast.
The former president is holding off on the trip, for now, Miller said. He is intent on waiting for Biden to "go and fail on his own before he goes and steps in on that," the former aide added.
"I think there's a very fine line between calling someone out on policies and then appearing to do something that's showboating or give Joe Biden an opportunity to point and say, 'See this isn't serious, look at President Trump down at the border making a scene out of this'," Miller also said in the podcast, reported the Independent.
"So not immediately but I could see a trip at some point in the future here," Miller went on. "But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about."
On Saturday night, Trump directly addressed a potential visit to the US-Mexico border, saying in a Fox News interview that "a lot of people" want him to go.
Asked by Fox News' Jeanine Pirro when he plans to make the trip down to the border, Trump did not give a specific date.
"Over the next couple of weeks," he said. "The Border Patrol wants me to go. Probably over the next couple of weeks. I don't think there's a rush for me to go."
-Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 28, 2021
Thousands of migrants have traveled to the border in recent months, with an unprecedented number waiting to be allowed into the US.
US officials have attributed the rush of immigrants to the Biden administration's "more humane" immigration policy.
Biden has tried to stress that there is nothing unique about the border surge. "I like to think it's because I'm a nice guy, but it's not, it's happened every year," Biden said during his first solo press conference. "The reason they're coming is it's the time they can travel with the least likelihood of dying because of the heat in the desert."
Trump, however, has been vocal in his opposition to the new immigration agenda. In a statement earlier this month, the former president referred to the "spiraling tsunami at the border" as "dangerous."
In his interview with Pirro on Saturday, Trump called the influx of migrants at the border a "dangerous situation" and tore into the immigration policies put forth by the Biden administration.
"This is going to destroy our country," he said.
"We have potentially millions of people coming up over a fairly short period of time. And these are people that in a large way are not people we want in our country," he added, once again referring to migrants as "murderers" and "rapists."
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