Biden Scoffs at Republicans ‘Afraid’ of Donald Trump’s Border Threats

President Joe Biden scoffed at Republicans on Tuesday, saying they’re “afraid” of Donald Trump over his opposition to the bipartisan border safety invoice.

“If the invoice fails, I wish to be completely clear about one thing: the American persons are gonna know why it failed,” Biden stated. “Trump and the MAGA Republicans stated no as a result of they’re afraid of Donald Trump.”

Throughout his speech on Tuesday, Biden additionally claimed that Trump has been actively reaching out to “Republicans within the Home and the Senate and threaten them and attempt to intimidate them to vote towards this proposal.”

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s spokesperson by way of e-mail for remark.

The context:

Over the weekend, Trump responded to the bipartisan border safety invoice that was launched by a gaggle of senators.

The bipartisan border safety invoice will increase the variety of border patrol brokers, enhances the asylum system for migrants and permits the president to make use of government authority to close the border down.

“Solely a idiot, or a Radical Left Democrat, would vote for this horrendous Border Invoice, which solely offers Shutdown Authority after 5000 Encounters a day, once we have already got the appropriate to CLOSE THE BORDER NOW, which have to be achieved. This Invoice is a good reward to the Democrats, and a Demise Want for The Republican Get together,” Trump wrote on Fact Social.

The publish continued: “It takes the HORRIBLE JOB the Democrats have achieved on Immigration and the Border, absolves them, and places all of it squarely on the shoulders of Republicans. Do not be STUPID!!! We’d like a separate Border and Immigration Invoice. It shouldn’t be tied to international assist in any manner, form, or kind! The Democrats broke Immigration and the Border. They need to repair it. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”

Senator James Lankford wrote on social media: “The emergency authority shouldn’t be designed to let 5,000 individuals in, it’s designed to shut the border and switch 5,000 individuals round. The Border Emergency Authority solely lasts 3 yrs to pressure this Admin to close down the border & to provide time for the subsequent POTUS to rent extra brokers & extra officers. After three years, the emergency authority expires as a result of we must always have regained full management of our border by then.”

What we all know:

The border invoice has continued to obtain an array of combined responses amongst lawmakers, with quite a few Republicans talking out towards it.

Home Speaker Mike Johnson stated that the invoice “is lifeless on arrival within the Home.”

“We is not going to move immigration laws that additional incentivizes unlawful immigration, doesn’t reform asylum and parole in a significant manner, and empowers President Biden and his cupboard, the architects of this disaster,” Johnson wrote in a publish on X, previously Twitter.


President Joe Biden speaks on the White Home on February 6, 2024. Biden accused Republicans of being “afraid” of former President Donald Trump.

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Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer made feedback much like Biden on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday the place he stated, “That is onerous. And our Republican senators, we want a bunch of them, are beneath lots of strain from right-wing Trump a part of the get together.”

Schumer added that he’s “hopeful” the invoice will move within the Senate.

What’s subsequent:

Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, stated this week that GOP senators are more likely to suggest amendments to the border safety invoice.

Nonetheless, the invoice is unlikely to move by means of the Home given Johnson’s remarks.

Responding to Biden’s speech on Tuesday, Republican Consultant Lauren Boebert stated on X: “Biden simply gave a speech the place he blamed Donald Trump for his border disaster and known as for mass amnesty. November 2024 can’t come quickly sufficient. This insanity and the invasion have to finish.”

Replace 2/6/24, 1:58 p.m. ET: This text was up to date with extra data and to mirror that Newsweek reached out to Trump’s spokesperson for remark.

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