President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he would not visit the southern border because he said it was not a priority.
On Monday, the White House announced Biden would be traveling to Arizona to celebrate manufacturing jobs and the CHIP and Science Act. The president, despite being close to the border, will not visit the border where a migrant crisis is ongoing under his oversight.
Ahead of his departure for Arizona on Tuesday, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Biden why he was avoiding the border.
“There are more important things,” Biden replied. “They will invest billions of dollars in the new company in the state.”
Biden has not visited the border as president, despite overseeing the largest border crisis in American history.
Between migrants arrested by immigration officers and those never caught, More than 5 million migrants have entered the United States since Biden became president nearly two years ago.
Not only has Biden avoided the border as president, but there is no evidence Biden ever visited the southern border, despite claims from the White House outside of a short “drive-by” while driving to a campaign stop in New Mexico in October 2008.
What did the WH say?
After Biden’s comments sparked outrage from Republican lawmakers, the White House released a lengthy statement detailing Biden’s comments.
The statement echoed Republican emphasis that the economy is the number one issue on Americans’ minds and appeared to justify Biden’s refusal to adequately address the border crisis.
“The President has been clear that his top priority is investing in the American economy and communities, outperforming China, and bringing back American jobs from overseas,” the White House said said Fox News. In fact, as Fox News’ own analysis showed, the economy is the number one issue for most Americans. If anyone thinks that shouldn’t also be the President’s top priority, they should say so out loud.
“President Biden is focused on real solutions, not political stunts,” the statement added.
However, aside from economic issues, immigration is the second most important issue for Americans, to Gallup.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/biden-declares-there-are-more-important-things-going-on Biden declares that “more important things are going on” when confronted with ignoring the border amid the crisis