CNN’s Jake Tapper debunks President Donald Trump’s claims about violent crime and the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, as Trump heads to the city for his first 2020 campaign rally of the year.
Trump made the claim last week in his State of the Union Address when he said El Paso “used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities.”
“Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities,” Trump said.
CNN noted at the time that the connection was inaccurate, and Margo, a Republican, told CNN’s Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto on “Newsroom” Monday that the drop in crime came prior to the barrier construction, and that Trump was “wrong” when he claimed otherwise.
El Paso is a Texas border city adjacent to Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez. Margo said while Trump was right to call El Paso safe, he was wrong to attribute its drop in crime to the construction of a barrier along the border — a remark he said Trump had echoed from Texas GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“If people had contacted me about our attorney general’s remarks, I would have corrected it at that time,” Margo said.
Margo said El Paso was safe “going back to 2005,” before the construction of border fencing.
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