Trump’s border deployment plan ‘political stunt’: Obama

4 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

MIAMI: Former president Barack Obama on Friday decried as a “political stunt” Donald Trump’s plan to send thousands of US soldiers to the Mexican border to block migrants from entering the country, reports AFP.

In a rousing speech to a Miami crowd as he campaigned for fellow Democrats ahead of next week’s midterm elections, Obama said the Republican administration was “even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border.”

Trump, who has placed immigration at the heart of his party’s election effort, has persistently attacked the caravan of Central American migrants, denouncing it as a potential “invasion.”

Trump announced earlier this week that he would send thousands of troops to the border to beef up national defenses at the border.

He has campaigned heavily on the issue, warning supporters Thursday that migrants would soon be “overwhelming your schools, your hospitals, your communities.”

Obama said the deployment was serving to “get folks angry and ginned up,” adding: “There’s just constant fearmongering to distract from the record.”

The nation’s first African American commander in chief took the stage with Andrew Gillum, who is locked in a tight race for governor of Florida against pro-Trump Republican Ron DeSantis, and Senator Bill Nelson, who is running for re-election against outgoing Governor Rick Scott.

“Let’s make history happen right here in Florida,” Obama told jubilant supporters at the end of a speech that was occasionally interrupted by pro-Republican protesters.