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On Border Crisis, Joe Biden Wants it Both Ways With Donald Trump



President Joe Biden doesn’t want to talk about former President Donald Trump—except when he does. Even as Biden says he wants to ignore his 2020 rival, he and his allies repeatedly pointed the finger of blame at Trump for the current border problems.

Biden’s presidency began with a clear desire to move forward from Trump, swiftly rolling back via executive action many of his predecessor’s policies. As he unraveled parts of Trump’s legacy, Biden expressed a desire to also cut him from the political narrative.

“For four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump,” Biden said in a CNN town hall in February, when asked about Trump’s second impeachment. “The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people. I’m tired of talking about Trump.”

On Sunday, when asked about Trump perhaps visiting the border, Biden said: “I don’t care what the other guy does.” Trump has said he will likely visit the border in the next couple of weeks.

And while he might not care about what his predecessor does now, Biden has been happy to talk about things Trump did—particularly on the border.

Biden insisted “nothing has changed” during his press conference last Thursday regarding the surge of migrants at the border, stating there were similar numbers last year under the Trump Administration.

There is generally an increase in numbers at the border in spring as the weather improves, and this has posed problems for previous presidents.

However, Biden’s numbers were off in regard to unaccompanied children—with the increase in the number of minors arriving alone at the border from January to February higher this year than it was last.

Numbers of migrants at the border are also tipped to hit a 20-year high, though statistics have also shown boosted figures began prior to Biden’s inauguration.

The graphic below, from Statista, details the number of children and family units apprehended at the border in recent months.

This combination of pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows Donald Trump (L) and Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. Biden has said he is “tired” of talking about Trump, but has referred to him when discussing issues at the border.
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