White House criticizes governors for backing Texas in border standoff


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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday criticized the 25 Republican governors who signed onto a letter saying that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had the right to install razor wire to defend his state from illegal immigrants coming over the border. Jean-Pierre also blasted Abbott for preventing U.S. Customs and Border Protection from doing their jobs, though wouldn't say if President Joe Biden would federalize the National Guard, which Abbott has deployed to the area.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday criticized the 25 Republican governors who signed onto a letter saying that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had the right to install razor wire to defend his state from illegal immigrants coming over the border. Jean-Pierre also blasted Abbott for preventing U.S. Customs and Border Protection from doing their jobs, though wouldn’t say if President Joe Biden would federalize the National Guard, which Abbott has deployed to the area.

Former President Donald Trump , the likely GOP nominee, encouraged the country's GOP governors to send additional National Guard troops to Texas - with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt saying he would 'absolutely' do so - which could raise the stakes. 'The way that we deal with this is legislatively,' Jean Pierre said Friday. 'The way that we deal with this is for Congress to act.' She suggested that the 25 Republican governors who signed onto the letter 'talk to the Congressional members and the senators in their state.'

Former President Donald Trump , the likely GOP nominee, encouraged the country’s GOP governors to send additional National Guard troops to Texas – with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt saying he would ‘absolutely’ do so – which could raise the stakes. ‘The way that we deal with this is legislatively,’ Jean Pierre said Friday. ‘The way that we deal with this is for Congress to act.’ She suggested that the 25 Republican governors who signed onto the letter ‘talk to the Congressional members and the senators in their state.’

Later in the briefing she made the encouragement again. 'That is something that is actually easy to do. It does not take much work from them to make those request and to talk to their Congressional members that they probably talk to about many other issues,' she said, before getting cut off by a reporter.

Later in the briefing she made the encouragement again. ‘That is something that is actually easy to do. It does not take much work from them to make those request and to talk to their Congressional members that they probably talk to about many other issues,’ she said, before getting cut off by a reporter.

The journalist had asked if Biden was considering federalizing the National Guard troops after it appeared that Texas was violating a federal court order and more National Guard troops could be coming at the urging of the former president. 'I'm not going to speculate on any actions the president could take,' Jean-Pierre said.

The journalist had asked if Biden was considering federalizing the National Guard troops after it appeared that Texas was violating a federal court order and more National Guard troops could be coming at the urging of the former president. ‘I’m not going to speculate on any actions the president could take,’ Jean-Pierre said.

She objected when the reporter, Andrew Feinberg from The Independent, suggested her recommendation that Republican governors talk to members of Congress was a solution that was 'political' in nature. 'It's not a political process for a governor in their state to talk to their congressional members about taking legislative actions. That's not politics, that's just the right thing to do on the behalf of their constituents,' she said.

She objected when the reporter, Andrew Feinberg from The Independent, suggested her recommendation that Republican governors talk to members of Congress was a solution that was ‘political’ in nature. ‘It’s not a political process for a governor in their state to talk to their congressional members about taking legislative actions. That’s not politics, that’s just the right thing to do on the behalf of their constituents,’ she said.

Jean-Pierre then reiterated the point that Biden 'has taken this incredibly seriously, incredibly seriously,' pointing to the draft immigration legislation he released on his inauguration day now more than three years ago. The press secretary expressed that she believed a bipartisan deal on Capitol Hill could still be struck over border and Ukraine funding.

Jean-Pierre then reiterated the point that Biden ‘has taken this incredibly seriously, incredibly seriously,’ pointing to the draft immigration legislation he released on his inauguration day now more than three years ago. The press secretary expressed that she believed a bipartisan deal on Capitol Hill could still be struck over border and Ukraine funding.

On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans in a closed-door meeting that the 'politics on this have changed,' alluding to Trump likely wrapping up the GOP primary race shortly. Since Trump's initial announcement in 2015, one of his top talking points has been border security.

On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans in a closed-door meeting that the ‘politics on this have changed,’ alluding to Trump likely wrapping up the GOP primary race shortly. Since Trump’s initial announcement in 2015, one of his top talking points has been border security.

'We don't want to do anything to undermine him,' McConnell reportedly said, according to Punchbowl News . Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney - Trump's top GOP critic in the U.S. Senate - called Trump pushing that lawmakers not fix the border immediately 'appalling.'

‘We don’t want to do anything to undermine him,’ McConnell reportedly said, according to Punchbowl News . Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney – Trump’s top GOP critic in the U.S. Senate – called Trump pushing that lawmakers not fix the border immediately ‘appalling.’

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