Barr: Americans Will Realize Trump Saved A Lot Of Lives By Closing Border
Attorney General praises Trump's early moves to cotnain the COVID-19
Attorney General William Barr is confident that when the coronavirus pandemic finally ends, Americans will realize that President Donald Trump saved a lot of lives by moving to close down the border early.
Trump recently sent more than 550 troops to the Southern Border earlier to reinforce its closure and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Well, one of the things that I think the president has done very well here is to use the strength of the federal system where certain decisions should be made in Washington perhaps, but also allowing each state to adapt to the situation that confronts it and make their own choices,” Barr said.
“And that’s a form of protecting liberty. The federal system is a form [of] protecting liberty, to have the government closest to the people make those decisions. So I think we do have that protection," Barr added.
“You’re right in the general sense that there is a power for the government to take extraordinary steps in genuine emergencies,” Barr told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“That obviously creates a slippery slope, what do you call an emergency? And I am concerned that we not get into the business of declaring everything an emergency, and then using these kinds of sweeping, extraordinary steps.”
“But given where we were back in March, I think the president made the right decision,” Barr concluded.
“I think the president has made the right decisions for the right reasons," he said.
"I think against the advice of many people; he closed the borders. And I think when the history of this is written, that’s going to have saved a lot of lives,' Barr added.
AG Barr praises @realdonaldtrump on coronavirus response. He "...has made the right decisions for the right reasons. I think against the advice of many people, he closed the borders. And I think when the history of this is written, that's going to have saved a lot of lives." pic.twitter.com/QZQz8rfeZf— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 9, 2020
"I think that given the uncertainty that surrounded this and the possibility that it was so contagious that it would swamp our healthcare system, he supported the appropriate moves for a limited period of time.”
Last month, Mexico’s top health officials and various presidential cabinet members declared a national health emergency during a streamed news conference to allow better coordination between federal agencies in response to the crisis.
President Trump made securing the border a top priority of his presidency.
Trump's firm stance on border control has been evident since the U.S. has dealt with a crisis at the southern border in 2019 as more than 100,000 migrants flooded to the border each month last year.
The spread of COVID-19 across the globe has moved the administration to add a number of restrictions on migration and at the borders.
Trump announced this month that nonessential travel would be restricted at the land borders with Mexico and Canada.
That came after he imposed travel bans on China, Iran, and the European Union in response to the crisis.