President Donald Trump continues to insist on funding for a border wall, maintaining a government shutdown that is now in its 33rd day.
Trump often cites the need to keep US cities close to the Southwest border safe from an influx of migrants and drugs.
On Wednesday, San Diego’s Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer appeared on CNN to dispute the president’s claim that the city needs a wall to be secure.
First, he noted that the border is secure.
“We’ve had border fencing for decades. You just talked about security. Just this past year, we were named the safest big city in America. We’re proud of that,” Faulconer said.
Secondly, he pointed out that a wall is not his preferred way of dealing with the city’s Mexican neighbors.
“We’re going to be talking about the importance of increasing trade,” he said.
“We have a great positive relationship with Mexico,” the mayor added. “It’s about neighbors working together.”
Rather than build a wall, Faulconer called on lawmakers to improve relations between the two countries.
“[It’s about] building bridges. Free trade works,” he said.
“This is not a partisan issue, this is about doing the right thing,” the mayor said, about the need to reopen the government. Faulconer also noted that members of the Coast Guard, San Diego’s main line of defense, have gone unpaid for far too long.
Trump is ‘asleep at the switch’ in his bunker while America needs a unifying voice: CNN’s Keith Boykin
On CNN Monday, former Bill Clinton staffer and CNN commentator Keith Boykin laid out the extent of President Donald Trump's failure in a moment of national crisis.
"Keith, do you feel this time at all may be different as far as a real outcome?" asked anchor Brooke Baldwin.
"I definitely feel this is different," said Boykin. "Think about the conditions that we're in right now. We have 41 million people who don't have jobs. You have 100,000 people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic, disproportionally black and brown people, and people outraged about the shooting and killing and murders of black men and women and the George Floyd incident and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, where people have no place to go, nothing to do. No school or jobs to go to. No distractions. It is not like the typical protest in the past that could go back to work or class. They could spend all summer just being upset unless there is a substantive change."
Trump is ‘capable of reading’ a unifying message — but it’s doubtful he’ll mean it: Atlanta mayor
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During an interview on CNN, host Alisyn Camerota asked Bottoms about actions Trump could possibly take to calm nerves and bring the country together.
"What about the debate that we are told is going on in the White House, as to whether or not the president should at this moment make some sort of national statement and call for unity?" she asked. "Would you like to see that?"
Racist cops, COVID-19 and unemployment are sending black Americans into ‘despair’: Charles Blow
The multiple crises hitting the United States at the moment are hitting the black community particularly hard, and New York Times columnist Charles Blow said on Monday that it's sending people into deep despair.
While appearing on CNN, Blow said that the nationwide protests that have erupted in the wake of George Floyd's killing last week were about much more than the death of just one man.
"You add on top of that all the other conditions, which you spoke before, about this happening in the middle of a pandemic," he said. "Everybody's at home. 40 million people have filed for unemployment. They don't know where their next check is coming from... The idea that [unemployment] is disproportionately affecting black people, that COVID is disproportionately affecting black people that, police brutality is disproportionately affecting black people, it's all part of the despair."