President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One before departing Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, for El Paso, Texas.
President Donald Trump’s trip to El Paso will be his first political rally of 2019.
While he held campaign rallies after taking office in 2017 and midterm rallies in 2018, Texas marks the kickoff of the 2020 season.
But don’t expect a new speech – Trump is expected to stick to a similar structure and themes of previous rally speeches with an emphasis on border security and immigration during his Texas remarks, per a source familiar, who adds that plenty of off-prompter remarks are expected as always.
There was a pause on campaign travel during the 35-day government shutdown, and if the government shuts down for a second time, it will cease again. This is the only campaign-related travel planned before the February 15 deadline.
The President is not likely to declare a national emergency at this rally and there has been no planning toward those ends. But as always, he could change his mind.
Asked about the widely-debunked statistics on violent crime in El Paso that Trump keeps referencing as an argument to build the wall as recently as last week’s State of the Union address, the source sarcastically responded, “LOL.”