Biden Fires Back At Trump After Immigration Criticism

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( – On Thursday, President Joe Biden queried whether former President Donald Trump was referring to himself when he described the border executive order as “pathetic” earlier in the week.

Earlier in the week, Trump suggested Biden’s executive order wouldn’t “stop the invasion,” describing it as “weak” and “pathetic,” adding that he believed Biden only signed the executive order for show ahead of their first debate later in June.

In an interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Muir asked Biden to respond to Trump’s characterization of the border order being “pathetic” and “weak,” prompting Biden to respond by saying, “Is he describing himself? Weak and pathetic?”

Biden explained to Muir that “everybody knows” what happened with his previous immigration policy, which was “much broader… much better… [and] more accepted” than the executive order, stating that Trump killed the policy because he called Republicans to tell them not to support it as it would hurt him and help Biden.

Biden’s remarks referenced the bipartisan border bill, which Republicans blocked twice after nearing a deal. Trump had urged the GOP to block the bill, telling Republicans immigration would remain a significant issue up to Election Day.

Following Trump’s prompting, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) killed the border deal in February, describing the bill as “dead on arrival.” In January, Trump had told his supporters he was okay with receiving blame for tanking the bill.

The deal would provide border security with $20 billion and would provide the federal government with the temporary authority to expel migrants after daily crossings at the border reached a specific threshold.

The deal would also end the “catch and release” protocols and make the standards for asylum screenings more rigorous.

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