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Trump tells Biden to send troops to the southern border – not to Europe

Former President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden for preparing to send troops to Europe in defense of Ukraine during a rally on Saturday night, demanding instead that he send them to police America’s border.

Speaking in Conroe, Texas, he accused Biden of letting millions of people into the country while worrying about the security of a foreign nation.

‘But the most important border right now for us not Ukraine’s border but America’s border,’ he said.

‘Before Joe Biden sends any troops to defend a border in Europe he should be sending troops to defend our border right here in Texas.’

Biden has put 8,500 troops on standby to strengthen U.S. allies in Europe as Russia masses more than 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border.

Trump said his actions risked World War Three. 

Instead Trump called for more ICE officers to be recruited to chase down illegal immigrants.

By contrasting Biden’s foreign policy with the crisis at the border, Trump offered a blueprint for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections in November.  

Former President Donald Trump took the stage in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday evening for his second rally of the year and riffed on two borders

Trump was introduced by his son Don Jr, who was also on hand to sign copies of his father's book as crowd's of supporters waited for the former president arrived

Trump was introduced by his son Don Jr, who was also on hand to sign copies of his father’s book as crowd’s of supporters waited for the former president arrived

Cars stretched for a mile from the county fairground site of the rally as Trump supporters descended on Conroe, Texas, on Saturday

Cars stretched for a mile from the county fairground site of the rally as Trump supporters descended on Conroe, Texas, on Saturday

He hit all his favorite targets, from the fake news and 2020 election fraud to Biden’s mental state. There was even a boast about the crowd size.

A local lawmaker, he claimed, had just told him: ‘This is the biggest crowd of its kind in the history of Texas.’

The Houston area on Saturday was like a Coachella for MAGA world.

Trump held two big bucks fundraisers, including one where tickets cost $100,000 a couple.

And his son Don Jr was in town with his American Freedom tour, which included appearances by his fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle and political commentator Dinesh D’Souza among others.

When gates opened at the Montgomery County Fairground in Conroe, the line of cars stretched for at least a mile.

Inside the fairground, fans filled bleachers set up around a podium, and the crowd stretched back to the parking lot.

State senator Dawn Buckingham led the crowd in a raucous chant of: ‘Let’s go Brandon.’

Rally goers cheer before the Save America Rally where former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in Conroe, Texas

Rally goers cheer before the Save America Rally where former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in Conroe, Texas

State Senator Dawn Buckingham led the crowd in a chant of: 'Let's go Brandon'

State Senator Dawn Buckingham led the crowd in a chant of: ‘Let’s go Brandon’

Gov. Greg Abbott ridiculed Biden for preparing to send troops to protect Ukraine’s border rather than America’s border with Mexico.

‘President Trump did abetter job than any president in the history of the United States in protecting our border,’ he said.

The crowd erupted into duelling chants of ‘Build the wall,’ and ‘Protect the border.’

And Trump’s son Don Jr. riffed on why Biden was preparing to send troops to Europe, offering up a fringe conspiracy theory that Ukraine had dirt on the president’s son Hunter from his time working for a Ukrainian energy company.

Russia, he said had invaded the Crimea when Barack Obama was in the White House.

‘There was a strange four-year pause where Russia wasn’t an aggressor. Russia wasn’t taking over its neighbor.

‘You know what a bully like Russia respects? Strength.

‘They don’t respect someone who can’t walk up a flight of stairs to Air Force One.’

In between speakers, the event’s giant screens played Trump-voiced adverts for his new book of photographs ‘Our Journey Together.’

‘Get your copy now before it runs out again,’ he said. 

By the time he took the stage, the sun had gone down and temperatures had dropped to 46F.  

Former President Donald Trump holds a campaign-style rally in Conroe, Texas, Saturday. He will use the visit to hold two major fundraising events during the day

Former President Donald Trump holds a campaign-style rally in Conroe, Texas, Saturday. He will use the visit to hold two major fundraising events during the day

Trump cut a relaxed figure this week, joking with golfers at one of his Florida courses. He also huddled with aides to plot a midterm strategy during the week

Trump cut a relaxed figure this week, joking with golfers at one of his Florida courses. He also huddled with aides to plot a midterm strategy during the week

Trump met with hip hop star Ray J during the week, to discuss business, information technology and black empowerment at Mar-a-Lago, Florida

Trump met with hip hop star Ray J during the week, to discuss business, information technology and black empowerment at Mar-a-Lago, Florida

Trump used his speech to contrast the Biden’s administration’s multiple crises with his own time in power.

‘We built the greatest economy in the history of the world,’ he said. 

‘We created over 7 million new jobs and achieved the lowest unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans ever recorded. 

‘And you could add women, you could add high school diplomas, non high school diplomas, diplomas from MIT, Harvard, Yale, the Wharton School of Finance. You can add them all – everybody was doing better than ever before.’ 

The former president had already had a busy day by the time he took the stage. First came a lunch where his new Make America Great Again Again super PAC charged couples $100,000 a ticket, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Then he attended a reception where couples could pay as much as $50,000 to join a roundtable discussion at an event co-hosted by Major League Baseball legend Roger Clemens and state Attorney General Ken Paxton. 

The Houston Chronicle reported it will be followed by a $5000 a couple reception at Lake Conroe, where hosts include Major League Baseball legend Roger Clemens and state Attorney General Ken Paxton. 

Donors can pay as much as $50,000 to join a roundtable discussion. 

And he was expected to drop into an event hosted by his son Don Jr called the American Freedom Tour.

The visit marked Trump’s first visit to Texas in two years, to the reddest county in state where Democrats are making inroads.  

For Trump it was a chance to hammer Democrats on the border crisis.  

‘Texas is one of the great losers on that one,’ he told the Houston radio station KTRH Friday. ‘The state is getting killed.’

And he teased a rally attack on Hillary Clinton, at a time when conservatives (but not Democrats) are talking up the idea that she could run again in 2024.  

‘She’s a total nutjob,’ Trump told the radio station. ‘She could run. I hope so.’ 

In an emailed statement on Saturday morning, he was looking forward to the rally. 

‘Big crowd already gathering in Texas for tonight, see you there,’ he said.

The former president cut a relaxed figure this week, joking with golfers as he played a round on one of his Florida golf courses.

As he prepared to tee off, a fellow player introduced him as the ’45th president of the United States.’ 

’45th and 47th,’ he responded deadpan, before turning to hit his drive.

And he smiled broadly in photographs as he posed with hip hop star Ray J during a meeting at his Mar-a-Lago headquarters.

‘He’s in great spirits,’ Darrell Scott, an Ohio pastor who set up the meeting, told the Associated Press.

At the same time there are signs that his power within his party may be on the slide. 

A new AP-NORC/USAFacts poll found 71% of Republican said they had a favorable opinion of Trump, compared with 78 percent in September 2020.

But it also showed that only a slim majority – 56 percent – want him to run for president in 2024. 

Although he remains the most popular figure in the party, it suggests there may now be room for former Vice President Mike Pence or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  

Trump huddled top aides in Florida this week as he plots a midterm strategy that could serve as a springboard for future efforts. 

On Friday, he had lunch with Sen. Rand Paul at his West Palm Beach golf course. 

His campaign-style rally in Texas on Saturday comes ahead of the state’s March 1 elections that formally kick off the midterm primary season.

And it means he can forget his mounting legal woes. 

On Monday, judges in Georgia approved a request for a special grand jury by the Fulton County prosecutor who has been investigating whether Trump and others broke the law by trying to pressure Georgia officials to throw out President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. 

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said her office received information ‘indicating a reasonable probability’ that the election had been ‘subject to possible criminal disruptions.’

In New York, state Attorney General Letitia James claimed in a court filing last week that her office uncovered evidence that Trump’s company used ‘fraudulent or misleading’ valuations of its golf clubs, skyscrapers and other property to secure loans and tax benefits. 

While her lawyers said they hadn’t decided whether to bring a lawsuit in connection with the allegations, they revealed the company overstated the value of land donations made in New York and California on paperwork submitted to the IRS and misreported the size of Trump’s Manhattan penthouse, among other misleading valuations.

 


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