Watch Live: President Trump to arrive in the Rio Grande Valley
President Donald Trump is set to visit the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Follow our live updates for the latest information.
- From the Associated Press: President Donald Trump on Tuesday took no responsibility for his part in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, despite his comments encouraging supporters to march on the Capitol and praise for them while they were still carrying out the assault.
“People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said.
Trump made the comments during his first appearance in public since the Capitol siege, which came as lawmakers were tallying Electoral College votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. He was heading to Texas on Tuesday to trumpet his campaign against illegal immigration in an attempt to burnish his legacy with eight days remaining in his term, as lawmakers in Congress appear set to impeach him this week for the second time.
- Poised to impeach, the House sped ahead with plans to oust President Donald Trump from office, warning he is a threat to democracy and pushing the vice president and Cabinet to act even more quickly in an extraordinary effort to remove Trump in the final days of his presidency.
-Local leaders in the Rio Grande Valley voiced their opinion on Trump's visit.
"I think it's a slap. I think it's a slap on all of our faces that he's parading around and flying around and acting like as nothing's happened at the Capitol," Norma Ramirez, the Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chair said.
Hidalgo County Republican Party Chairwoman Adrienne Pena-Garza said she expects the opposite of the visit.
"I believe it's wonderful," Pena-Garza said. "It really does highlight the promises kept."
- Congressman Filemon Vela opposes Trump's visit to the Rio Grande Valley, saying "The President should cancel this trip and focus on bringing harmony to this country in his waning days."
- GOP leaders in Cameron County are urging people on either of the political spectrum to think twice about causing issues locally. "It's not something we're interested in nor do we condone," said Morgan Cisneros Graham, Chair of the Cameron County Republican Party. " And so any sort of violence or destruction or, you know, advocating insurrection is not something that you're going to see here."
-Hours before the president is set to arrive, McAllen police and crews are working to set up barriers.
-Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez is asking visitors to remember to wear face coverings ahead of the president's visit to the Rio Grande Valley.
-Both airports in Harlingen and McAllen are reserved for Trump's arrival on Tuesday. The flight restrictions in Harlingen start at 12:30. In McAllen, they start at 1 p.m. The final restrictions in place for the president's departure start at 3:15 in McAllen. This means any unrelated flights are prohibited during these times, including drones.
-President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday and is expected to visit the border wall. Congressman Henry Cuellar confirmed Trump’s plan to visit and said the president will likely meet with border officials - like he has in the past. Trump is expected to travel to Alamo, according to The Associated Press.
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