At a rally held on Saturday local time in Conway, South Carolina, Trump said:
Let's not forget that we also had a major victory this week that all conservatives should celebrate. We crushed that crook Joe Biden's disastrous open borders plan.
The former president – whose popularity increased during his first election campaign when he promised to build a wall between the United States and Mexico – mentioned in his speech that deporting illegal immigrants would be one of his priorities.
From day one, I will end all of the Biden administration's open border policies and launch the largest internal deportation operation in US history. We have no other choice
– He said.
The agreement that stalled in Congress included, in addition to immigration reform, an additional aid package for Ukraine and Israel.
Trump rebuked Europe
At the rally, Trump recalled a meeting he held with NATO leaders earlier, when he was president of the United States. At this point, an unnamed leader of a large country asked him, referring to the non-fulfillment of NATO's planned defense expenditures:
Well sir, if we don't pay and Russia attacks us, will you protect us?
Trump said he answered the question:
They don't pay? Did they fail in their duty? To this, the aforementioned leader responded, Suppose this happened, and Trump informed him: No, I will not protect you. They have to pay.
The White House on Saturday rejected the former president's comments that he would not protect NATO allies from a possible Russian attack. In response to a question about Trump's statement, spokesman Andrew Bates said:
Encouraging the invasion of murderous regimes against our closest allies is shocking and troubling, and threatens American national security, global stability, and the American economy.
(Cover photo: Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Coastal Carolina University before the South Carolina Republican presidential primary (Conway, South Carolina). On February 10, 2024. Image: Sam Wolfe/Reuters)