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Trump may visit the Valley on Tuesday

President Donald J. Trump may visit the Rio Grande Valley next week.

Trump is tentatively scheduled to visit the Valley on Tuesday, according to two law enforcement sources. Whether or not Trump will actually make the trip, however, remains unclear.

“I think he’s got much bigger issues than coming over and seeing his 14th century solution called ‘The Wall,’” said U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who represents western Hidalgo County. “But, as you know, he started his campaign attacking Mexico and building the wall and all that. And I think he wants to end his term the same way.”

The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment on Saturday afternoon.

The U.S. Secret Service met with Valley law enforcement officials Friday at the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center in McAllen, according to a law enforcement source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. They discussed plans for a potential Trump visit on Tuesday.

Under the tentative plan, Trump would fly to Harlingen and tour the border wall, according to the law enforcement source.

A second law enforcement source, who works for the U.S. Border Patrol, confirmed that planning had started for a presidential visit on Tuesday.

While planning for the presidential trip is underway, both law enforcement sources said the details remain tentative. The White House may change the plan or cancel the trip altogether.

Marianna Treviño Wright, the executive director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, said a contact with the No Border Wall Coalition told her about the potential visit.

“This is typical behavior for Trump,” said Treviño Wright, a frequent critic of the president who waged an all-out fight against the border wall. “Impeachment proceedings are supposed to start on Monday in D.C., so he’s going to leave D.C. and he’s going to come up with something that is designed to divert media attention from anything that attempts to hold him in a bad light or hold him accountable.”

Treviño Wright said someone at the No Border Wall Coalition had an acquaintance in Austin who had been asked to handle audio-visual equipment for a presidential event in the Valley on Tuesday. That person declined.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, said he hadn’t heard anything about Trump visiting the Valley, but the prospect of Trump visiting the border wall before leaving office didn’t surprise him.

“What a disgrace,” Gonzalez said.

5 Comments

  1. Roberto Flores on January 9, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    After all that The President and his family went thru and still he managed to accomplish what no other had the courage to do, no local politician or civil citizen would have fitted on his shoes!! We all know the problems of illegal immigration here in the Valley just ask any Border Patrol officer and while you are at it, ask about the difference that the border wall has made. You, social and religious people, that feed off these illegal immigrants are you really doing it for the good of them? If so, then go to where they are coming from and make that difference but, no, you prefer the increase to your farm worker memberships there by increasing your financial subsidies of sorts to fill your pockets. It sure must take pleasure in getting national and international attention with using the sign of the Cross. Local Democratic politicians, you know that with the thousands of illegal immigrants who live in the colonias that eventually become citizens along with their children, your future of your Party would be “nada”.
    This country needed True Patriots and that is why we, TRUMP SUPPORTERS voted for him!!!
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    • Jose De Leon III on January 10, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Y’all voted for him and still lost the election LOL

  2. Thomas Guerra Diaz on January 10, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Trump is a danger to this country by his seditionist behavior and he has proven himself unfit for office. He has alienated most of his supporters in the Republican Party. He has shown no concern for the safety of even his own vice president and his family. He has desecrated our country’s capital considered a shrine of the democratic process by all around the world who believe in freedom.
    Our own state senator Cruz who led the insurrection to deny the U.S. voter’s rights to chose their own president has now turned against Trump as expected. Cruz should resigned and stop wrapping himself with the American flag and using the Democratic Party’s leaders own words, such “healing” and “trusting”, when referring to the restoration of our democratic process. Senator Cruz was found to be soliciting money for his “stop the vote” campaign while in the capital building during the assault, is this really patriotism?
    Your are correct to point out the reason behind Trump’s visit to the Rio Grande Valley as mentioned by Marianne Wright. This is merely an attempt to confuse and disguise his treacherous behavior. This is a man who cares little about the struggles of people in the valley. This a man who has led a life of privilege and would rather mock the ethnic and civic struggles of the Valley region and who now plans to endow the people with a monument, the wall, to his racist beliefs.

  3. Mary Jo Sementilli on January 10, 2021 at 10:55 am

    To whom it may concern, why is your town allowing a rally knowing that 1. He won’t pay for it 2. After what happened in the capitol , your not worried that sends a msg that you don’t care what happened ? 3. His supporters will do damage in your town ? Thanks !

  4. Darcy Leal on January 11, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Nobody likes to be stereotyped.! Not all blondes are stupid right! They’re crazy people in every group everywhere.Stop the insults.Not all Trump supporters are lawless. Border Wall is to help stop drug cartel and all other illegal activities including illegal entering persons its a crime!! I guarantee when you leave your house you lock your front door.When you park your car you lock it right? Border Wall is the same thing. PROTECTION that’s it …

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