President Donald Trump flew to McAllen, Texas on Thursday to visit with Border Patrol on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Attending a roundtable at the U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station, Trump walked into the room and welcomed the roundtable by saying, “I’m honored to be in McAllen, Texas with the heroes of Border Patrol, and they are heroes. You take so much heat, so much abuse from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. I want to say you have a friend with this administration and you have a friend with me.”
“You have no idea how much you’re loved by the public,” Trump continued. “Maybe not by the fake news, but you’re loved by the public.” (RELATED: Trump: Government Shutdown Could Last As Long As A Year)
Immediately visible before Trump were objects from the crisis on the border. According to the White House Pool report, the props include an “AR-15 rifle, colt handguns, a plastic bag full of cash, and black-taped bricks of heroin and meth.” The items represent dangerous and illicit items that Border Patrol agents have seized while defending the border.
“The people that are coming in — the criminals, the gangs, the traffickers, the drugs — it’s all crime. We have laws that are so bad, they’re archaic and horrible,” Trump said in his remarks.
Among the Border Patrol agents and politicians in the room, Trump was also joined by Reggie Singh, the brother of California police officer Ronil Singh, who was killed by an illegal alien over the holidays.
Reggie gave powerful comments during the roundtable about his brother. Speaking of the murder of his brother, Reggie said, “Whatever it takes to minimize, put a stop to it, my family fully supports it.”
UPDATE: An astute reader of ours pointed out that the rifle pictured above was actually not an AR15, but either an M82 or M107.50 caliber rifle manufactured by Barrett. We strive for accuracy at the Daily Caller and appreciate the clarification.