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Trump said a Hispanic US Border Patrol agent speaks ‘perfect English’

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Donald Trump at a White House ceremony honoring border
agents.

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  • President Donald Trump singled out a Hispanic US Border
    Patrol agent and seemed to misname the agency in his remarks
    during a ceremony to honor border and law enforcement officers
    on Monday.
  • While inviting the agent to the stage, Trump said “he
    speaks perfect English” and mistakenly referred to Customs and
    Border Patrol as “CBC” several times, despite a teleprompter
    reportedly having the correct abbreviation.
  • The White House did not identify a specific impetus for
    the event, but Trump issued a vague hit at activists and
    politicians who promote the movement to abolish ICE, calling
    them “extremists.”

President Donald Trump singled out a Hispanic US Border Patrol
agent and appeared to misname the agency in his remarks during a
White House ceremony Monday to honor
border security agents.

Trump was speaking to a crowd of officers from US
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
and US Customs
and Border Protection
, which he mistakenly referred to as
“CBC” instead of “CBP” throughout his half hour of remarks.

After praising some of the agencies’ top officials, Trump called
an agent up to the podium to share a story about finding “a
horrible 78 illegal aliens” inside of a trailer just across the
US-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas.

“Adrian, come here, I want to ask you a question … you’re not
nervous, right? Speaks perfect English,” Trump said, only
referring to the agent by his first name.

The officer took the stage to recount his experience, which Trump
praised as “a good job.”

Trump also touted his plans for a border wall, a project he has
spoken about as central to his hard-line immigration policy since
his campaign, and said it wasn’t “easy because we have a little
opposition called the Democrats.” Experts have warned that the
wall will be astronomically expensive and not an effective
measure of immigration control.

White House reporters present at the ceremony tweeted about
Trump’s gaffe of the agency’s name, including Fox News’ John Roberts and
Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs, who noted the president’s
teleprompter had the correct abbreviation.

Though the White House did not identify a specific impetus for
the event, debate over the necessity of ICE has grown sharper in
the wake of reports of officers’ mishandling
and abuse
of immigrants in US custody.

A progressive movement to abolish
ICE
has caught fire ahead of November’s midterm elections and
2020’s presidential elections is growing among activists and
candidates, who Trump called “extremists.”

“We will protect those who protect us,” Trump said, disavowing
opponents of the agency. “The extremists who attack ICE and CBC
[sic] like to portray themselves as champions of social justice.
They are not.”

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