Shortly after Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer returned from visiting the southern border, witnessing first-hand the ongoing crisis, President Trump extended an invitation to meet with him.
Taking to Twitter, Trump said he would like to meet with Schumer as soon as possible to discuss the ongoing border crisis and potential solutions.
“Senator Chuck Schumer has finally gone to the Southern Border with some Democrat Senators. This is a GREAT thing!” Trump said on Monday. “Nearby, he missed a large group of Illegal Immigrants trying to enter the USA illegally. They wildly rushed Border Patrol. Some Agents were badly injured,” he added.
Trump also said, “Based on the comments made by Senator Schumer, he must have seen how dangerous & bad for our Country the Border is. It is not a ‘manufactured crisis,’ as the Fake News Media & their Democrat partners tried to portray. He said he wants to meet. I will set up a meeting ASAP!”
….Based on the comments made by Senator Schumer, he must have seen how dangerous & bad for our Country the Border is. It is not a “manufactured crisis,” as the Fake News Media & their Democrat partners tried to portray. He said he wants to meet. I will set up a meeting ASAP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019
According to the president, Schumer’s visit was near the location where a group of illegal immigrants reportedly attacked a group of Border Patrol agents.
BizPac Review reports:
The comment from President Trump about a large group of illegal immigrants “wildly rushing” agents occurred on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, which connects the southern Texas city of Pharr to Reynosa, Mexico.
The bridge was temporarily closed Friday after a group of about 50 people tried to force their way across. Agents were forced to use tear gas and pepper spray as the mob turned violent, punching and kicking as they tried to cross.
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According to the report, Schumer’s latest comments on the border strung in the larger context of him vilifying Trump and painting the crisis as “manufactured” seem to show a willingness to accept the reality of the border situation and to fix it:
Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., [previously] accused President Trump of trying to “manufacture a crisis” after the president sounded an early warning of a “crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul” during a Jan. 8 Oval Office address to the nation.
In the Democrats’ rebuttal that draws to mind a Saturday Night Live skit, Schumer downplayed the idea that there was a crisis, saying Trump was fear-mongering.
“This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration,” Schumer said.