Skip to comments.Biden Would End Border Wall Construction, But Wouldn't Tear Down Trump's Additions
Posted on 08/05/2020 9:34:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says if elected, he would not tear down the parts of the barrier along the U.S. Southern border built during the Trump administration but he would cease construction.
"There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1," he told NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro during an interview with journalists from the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
"I'm going to make sure that we have border protection, but it's going to be based on making sure that we use high-tech capacity to deal with it. And at the ports of entry that's where all the bad stuff is happening," the former vice president said during the virtual interview on Tuesday.
Biden committed to fully ending land confiscations, a more aggressive stance than President Barack Obama took when he came into office after President George W. Bush had approved border fencing to be built in the Southwest.
"End. Stop. Done. Over. Not going to do it. Withdraw the lawsuits. We're out. We're not going to confiscate the land," Biden told Garcia-Navarro.
Obama oversaw the construction of a fence along the Southern border following Bush's signing of the Secure Fence Act in 2006. As the Austin American-Statesman reported, the Department of Homeland Security built 654 miles of fence at a cost of $2.4 billion. Significant amounts of private land were seized by the federal government for to clear space for the barrier.
On China, Biden said he would reverse President Trump's tariffs and pushed back at the suggestion that some believe the Trump administration's aggressive stance toward China has been effective.
"Manufacturing's gone in recession. Agriculture lost billions of dollars that taxpayers had to pay. We're going after China in the wrong way," he said.
"China is stealing intellectual property. China's conditioning, being able to do business in China, based on whether or not you have 51% Chinese ownership, that's got to end."
When pressed on whether China would have to meet any conditions for reversing tariffs, Biden deflected and said he would take a multilateral approach to get China to change its behavior.
"The question is, what is the appropriate behavior that they have to engage in international trade with us? They have to play by the international rules, and what we have done is, we have disarmed ourselves," he said.
"We make up 25% of the world's economy, but we poked our finger in the eye of all of our allies out there. The way China will respond is when we gather the rest of the world that in fact engages in open trade and making sure that we're in a position that we deal with WHO the right way ... That's when China's behavior is going to change."
Biden bristled when asked by CBS' Errol Barnett, a Black journalist, whether he had taken a cognitive test. "No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?" Biden said. "Come on, Man. That's like saying you, before you got on this program, did you take a test where you're taking cocaine or not? What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?"
In recent weeks, Trump has bragged about his own such test, which is meant to identify cognitive decline, not measure a person's intelligence. He has tried to make Biden's mental state an issue for voters. Biden turns 78 a few weeks after the election. Trump is 74. Either would be the oldest president inaugurated.
Biden didn't comment on Trump's tactic beyond saying he looks forward to debating. "Well, if he can't figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don't know what the hell he's talking about... I know you're trying to goad me, but I mean, I'm so forward-looking to have an opportunity to sit with the president or stand with the president and the debates."
“.....But Wouldn’t Tear Down Trump’s Additions”’
Just by stating this, Biden will weaken a lot of Leftist support.
Well thank goodness there is a possibility of sanity returning to the white hou....................... LOLOL! I can’t complete it. I just can’t. The wall? Yes.
I see myself as more of a dog-faced pony soldier.
Biden appears to be like the guy bargaining with a drown man. “Your 100 yards off shore! Here’s a rope 60 yards long! I’ve met you way more than 1/2 way.”
drowning .. not “drown”
In any event. 1/2 way border security isn’t border security.
I don't think so. The anti-Trump sentiment is so overpowering and exhilarating, that a small concession like this, which can be easily reversed, will not weaken that sentiment. Regards.
No it won’t.Most leftists know he doesn’t mean it.And those who believe he means it know that a horse’s head in his bed will change his mind.
Biden bristled when asked by CBS’ Errol Barnett, a Black journalist, whether he had taken a cognitive test. “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden said. “Come on, Man. That’s like saying you, before you got on this program, did you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not? What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
Biden steps in. it again. Kind of racist, Joe, to jump to accusing a black journalist of taking cocaine just because he asked a non puff-ball question.
Dementia caused Biden mistook the journalist for his son, hence the cocaine question.
Way to try and thread the needle, Joe.
“Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says if elected, he would not tear down the parts of the barrier along the U.S. Southern border built during the Trump administration but he would cease construction.”
But Joe. That wall is keeping thousands of potential Democratic voter out.
The young people, the Sanders supporters are not going to vote for Biden. They are going to write Sanders in. They hate Biden.
Charlemagne told Biden he had further policy questions and Biden's retort was to tell him "you ain't black" and now a black journalist asks Biden the legitimate and obvious cognitive question for any candidate his age (Reagan, Trump precedents) and he asks the man is he doing cocaine!?
Truly unbelievable. And we know there will be a double-standard...
He wouldn’t tear it down, he would allow big, beautiful holes to be cut in it.
The DNC is America’s suicide.
...until he got in.
Then the radicals will control the USA
Biden is an idiot.
Several friends have me informed me that only 7 miles of wall have been so, puzzling why he would take on such an insignificant issue.
Never mind the ACLU, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Animal Legal Defense Fund and a few tribes are suing to stop the wall and give several examples of how many miles have already been built, how much “scarring” of the land is currently being done before the fence is installed, how much land has been appropriated for future wall and several, several contractors who have won in the bidding process to build more wall and they also have examples of their work completed.
One of the best examples of making the case that new wall to stop pedestrian ingress:
Mr. Biden, tear down this wall!
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