President Trump held a campaign-style rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas – just as possible 2020 contender and forms U.S. Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke ran a border wall protest roughly half a mile away
Trump's event, held at the El Paso County Coliseum for his first "Make America Great Again Rally" of the year, didn't identify the dueling rally nearby, in the town that sits along the US-Mexico border, but the president did mention O'Rourke. 'Rourke.
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"We have, let's say, 35,000 people tonight, and [O̵
Trump added, "In fact, what I would do, I would say that may be the end of his presidential bid, but he did challenge it. "
The president announced his rally last week during his second state of the Union address, which he all El is now one of the nation's most popular cities because of a" powerful barrier "that was put in place – a claim that others disputed
He reiterated that point on Monday night. Speaking to the crowd, in front of a large red banner that reads, "finish the wall," Trump said El Paso is one of the "safest cities" in America "thanks for a powerful border wall."
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He claimed that El Paso, compared to Juarez, Mexico, just across the southern border, had far less than the nearby Mexican city , adding: "Walls work."
Moments before the president took the stage Monday; The deal includes around $ 1.3 billion for a barrier along the southern border.
Trump mentioned on stage that he didn't know details, as news of the deal just before his rally, but acknowledged that "progress being made" "for border security. his demands for a wall.
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The talks had cratered over the weekend because of Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities , but lawmakers apparently broke through that Monday Monday evening. His supporters responded by shouting chants of "USA" and "the wall" over the disturbances.
The president brought up embattled Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., After speaking on Democrats' position on abortion. He said he liked Northam – who is facing calls to resign after his medical school yearbook page featured one person in blackface and another in a KKK robe – because he steers negative news coverage away from his administration.
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"I like him," Trump said. “Caps out of the papers. Like to find a few more guys like this one. ”
Trump also mentioned Northam's first news conference regarding the ordeal -" He almost moonwalked! " – in which the governor recalled how he darkened his skin when he dressed as Michael Jackson once for Halloween.
Fox News' Mike Emanuel, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.