Mark Morgan served as the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief under former President Barack Obama but that didn’t stop him from slamming Democrats who claim the situation at the border is a “manufactured crisis” designed by President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, President Trump addressed the American people from the Oval Office to describe what was happening at the border and make his case for building a wall. When Democratic leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer gave their response to the president, both of them mentioned that they believed the president was “manufacturing” a crisis.
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As IJR previously reported, Morgan has already come out in support of President Trump’s fight for the wall, despite having been fired by him after his 2016 election.
During a follow-up interview with Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson, Morgan doubled down on his support for the president and called out Democrats for “misleading” the American people about the situation at the border.
Morgan told Carlson that anyone who claims the border crisis is manufactured is “misinformed and they’re misleading the American people.”
Obama's fmr. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan: "I was briefed every single day about the men and women who are risking their lives every day and they’re apprehending murderers, rapists, pedophiles, other violent offenders, and gang members. That is not manufactured, that is real" pic.twitter.com/doyB6lCgyq
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“I was briefed every single day about the men and women who are risking their lives every day and they’re apprehending murderers, rapists, pedophiles, other violent offenders, and gang members. That’s not manufactured, that is real. And that’s a fact. And it’s still happening today.”
Morgan also reminded Carlson of the brutal fact that 127 border patrol agents have died while defending the border.
“They didn’t die playing Monopoly. They died defending, being the front line defenders of our borders,” Morgan said. “I wonder if they asked their families if this is a manufactured crisis.”
Morgan commended Trump for taking the time to visit the border and speak with agents on the ground, unlike many others.
“The president is talking to the leadership of the CBP and the border patrol and the rank and file. And those are the experts,” Morgan explained. “They’re saying the wall works. It doesn’t work everywhere and it isn’t the end-all and be-all, but it works.”
President Trump will be returning to the border to visit with agents on Thursday afternoon. It isn’t clear where negotiations lie between the White House and Democratic leadership, but if yesterday’s meeting walkout is a sign of their progress, they have a long way to go before a deal is struck.