President Trump to Visit McAllen Thursday

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President Trump to Visit McAllen Thursday

WILKES-BARRE, PA - AUGUST 2, 2018: President Donald Trump with a serious look as he delivers a speech at a campaign rally held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

WILKES-BARRE, PA - AUGUST 2, 2018: President Donald Trump with a serious look as he delivers a speech at a campaign rally held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Editorial credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com

WILKES-BARRE, PA - AUGUST 2, 2018: President Donald Trump with a serious look as he delivers a speech at a campaign rally held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Editorial credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com

Editorial credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com

WILKES-BARRE, PA - AUGUST 2, 2018: President Donald Trump with a serious look as he delivers a speech at a campaign rally held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

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As the government shutdown grinds down, President Trump is scheduled to visit McAllen on Thursday amid his attempts to persuade the nation of the border wall. This is following his first prime time Oval Office address of his presidency that was broadcast live on Tuesday which  addressed what he calls the “humanitarian crisis” occurring at the southern border, his argument that supports the 5.7 billon border wall, and his criticism of the Democrats actions that have blocked the wall.

 

This presidential visit was announced Monday by the White House and stated that Trump will travel to the southwest border this week, as well a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) notice indicated a high-profile visitor will be in South Texas. Although, the city of McAllen has still not been notified of the presidential visit taking place.

 

“We haven’t been officially notified but we’re preparing for the possibility of a visit,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said in an interview with the Monitor on Monday. “We hope the president visits the Valley and we certainly invite him to do so.”

 

This presidential visit is occurring as the government shutdown rolls into its third week, leaving several federal agencies closed, and more than 800,000 of government employees without pay. This shutdown is the result of the stalemate over the funding of the border wall.

 

The FAA issued a similar notice last week about a VIP visit in McAllen. According to three people familiar with the visit,  Trump was scheduled to visit McAllen last Thursday, his motorcade was flown to the McAllen airport and Secret Service was in town, but the White House cancelled the trip before it could happen.

 

President Trump plans to visit with those on the “frontlines” at the southern border as he continues to make the argument that a wall is essential to “national security”.