President Donald Trump broke from a tax reform-centered message Thursday to rev up the state's already heated Republican Senate primary. "Everybody said, 'Oh, he was so tough, ' and I used the word rape", he said.
It wasn't immediately clear what he was talking about, but he appeared to be referring to a so-called caravan of Central American migrants that had been traveling through Mexico toward the US border.
In a tweet, the president credits "the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them".
Trump said Thursday at a tax event in West Virginia that "yesterday it came out" that during "this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before".
As the administration works with state governors to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border, Trump has amped up his criticism of the U.S. immigration system.
"If you have a baby on our land, congratulations, that baby is a United States citizen", he said.
"This country moves on trucks", Dotson said.
He complained of so-called "catch and release" rules on the border that allow undocumented immigrants to be released after being issued an order to appear before a judge.
Said Manchin: "Instead of the political posturing back and forth, West Virginians deserve answers".
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He said "the military is going to be building some of" his proposed wall on the Mexican border.
"MS-13 is emblematic of evil, and we're getting them out by the hundreds", said Trump, who sat on stage at a long table in a gym draped in American flags and decorated with signs that read "USA open for business".
The president and an audience of a few hundred then heard from a dozen local business owners and residents about recent tax reform legislation that they say has positively impacted their employees and families. "To me that's obstruction of justice, and something should happen there". "In terms of the downturn, I think what will really be good for all of these counties is to have stability and predictability to know where they are going to be".
Trump initially claimed past year that widespread voting fraud had occurred in what appeared to be a means of explaining away his popular-vote defeat. "A lot of times it doesn't matter because in many places, like California, the same person votes many times". "They always like to say that's a conspiracy theory".
As he wrapped up his immigration remarks, Trump held up a copy of his prepared speech. "They were plain-spoken and went to the heart where an increase in their money at the end of two weeks or the month has a real impact on everyday families".
"The Trump administration is delivering", Morrisey said. "You're going to have a chance to get a senator that's going to vote [for] our program". "Your tax cuts have made a difference".
"We have weak laws because of the Democrats and Joe (Manchin)", he said. Other politicians in Trump's party dropped the talking point. Does anybody believe that? "A lot of people are being helped so much".
The crowd applauded - as did Representative Evan Jenkins, a Republican challenging Manchin - at the dig at the incumbent senator.
According to Sen. Manchin, there is "growing concern amongst the people of the Mountain State about the tax plan".