Trump: Border Wall 'Stopped Everything'

'It stopped COVID,' he says during Arizona visit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 23, 2020 6:21 PM CDT
Trump: Border Wall 'Stopped COVID'
President Trump smiles moments before putting his signature on a plaque commemorating the completion of 200 miles of the border wall Tuesday, June 23, 2020 outside of San Luis, Ariz.   (Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun via AP)

President Trump visited the US-Mexico border Tuesday and tried to credit his new wall with stopping both illegal immigration and the coronavirus. But his visit played out as top public health officials in Washington were testifying about the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19, singling out Arizona as one of the states now experiencing a surge in cases, the AP reports. In the blazing summer heat, Trump briefly stopped to inspect a new section of the concrete and rebar structure where the president and other officials took a moment to scrawl their signatures on the wall. "It stopped COVID, it stopped everything," Trump said. "Our border has never been more secure," Trump declared as he met with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and federal Border Patrol officials. Later Tuesday, he was to address a group of young Republicans at a Phoenix megachurch, where event organizers have pledged thousands will attend. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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