A former Justice Department and Homeland Security official trashed Donald Trump for insisting a border wall will result in fewer drugs coming into the United States amid a CNN report on tunnels used to smuggle drugs between Mexico and America.
Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted that a wall will “put an end to stoppable crime and drugs” — but as CNN noted in its special report, cartels have always and will continue to find ways around barriers at the border.
“In just the past month alone,” host Erin Burnett said, “three new tunnels have been discovered in one border town.”
After airing a report on the tunnels found in Nogales, Mexico, Burnett brought on Juliette Kayyem, a former high-ranking Homeland Security official and onetime overseer of Border Patrol.
Kayyem noted that Nogales is home to partial border walls that already exist.
The United States’ “border enforcement policies have almost no relation to the magnet that draws people and drugs and other things, I think, to the United States,” the former DHS official said.
She then quoted former DHS secretary and recently-ousted White House chief of staff John Kelly: “The problem with our border and illegal activity coming across it starts 3,000 miles south of here.”
The images from the Nogales prove, Kayyem said, “that if you build a 50-foot wall you’ll find a tunnel.”
Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos
Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.
Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.
Trump’s ‘clown car’ economic team is totally unprepared to handle a financial crash: CNN’s Catherine Rampell
Washington Post economics columnist Catherine Rampell on Friday warned that President Donald Trump's team of economic advisers is woefully unprepared to handle a recession should one strike within the next year.
During a panel discussion of this week's economic news, which included a massive drop in the stock market after the U.S. Treasury yield curve inverted, Rampell explained why Americans should be deeply worried about the prospects of a recession under this president.
"They don't have a plan for what to do if things go wrong, and they could go wrong," she said. "We have this clown car of economic advisers... you have a guy who plays an economist on TV, you have a former Hollywood producer. This is not the dream team who will be handling a crisis if we face one."
CNN’s Anderson Cooper explains why Trump’s Israel gambit was a ‘potentially unconstitutional’ attack on Congress
CNN’s Anderson Cooper argued Thursday night on his show that President Donald Trump’s latest broadside against Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Minnesota and Ilhan Omar of Michigan was “potentially unconstitutional.”
Trump, who has routinely targeted the Muslim congresswomen and hypocritically accused them of anti-Semitism, urged Israel on Thursday to bar them from entering the country. Reports suggested that Trump has been pressuring Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to take this step, and the Israeli government wasn’t inclined not to. But after Trump tweeted his opinion, Israel made the ban official.