Border Patrol Donald Trump
Published: July 24, 2015
Border Patrol Donald Trump, Donald Trump is heading to the border, but a patrol agents union won’t meet with him there.
The executive board of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 was scheduled to meet with the 2016 presidential candidate Thursday afternoon in Laredo, but announced Thursday morning they would not participate in any events with Trump.
“After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) at the National level, it has been decided by Local 2455 to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump,” the union announced in a Thursday statement.
The union said they only intended to meet with Trump to give him a “‘Boots on the Ground’ perspective,” not endorse him or any candidate.
Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he’d still be visiting Laredo, where he’s scheduled “travel to the actual border” and hold a town hall for local, state and federal law enforcement officers, according to his campaign.
Getting ready to lift off for Laredo. Will land at 1:OO P.M. Should be exciting and informative!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2015
Trump in a later statement said the union invited him to Laredo and was “totally silenced by superiors in Washington.”
“They are being silenced, and are very unhappy about it, as told directly to Mr. Trump,” said Trump in the statement–apparently in the third-person. “It can only be assumed that there are things the politicians in Washington do not want Americans to see or discuss. It shows that we are not even safe in our own country.”
Former Gov. Rick Perry has one of Trump’s most forceful critics, calling him a “cancer on conservatism” in a Wednesday speech. He said in a Thursday statement he hopes Trump apologizes for his comments about Hispanics while in Laredo.
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