CLEVELAND – President Trump used a round table on tax issues on Saturday to promote a Republican candidate and attack undocumented immigrants for exploiting US laws, which he described as weak.
Although Trump was announced as an official event in the White House and was therefore funded with taxpayers' money, he was openly political in his remarks before the first election on Tuesday. He celebrated his own poll ratings, repeatedly challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and urging the Ohioans to elect Rep. James B. Renacci (R-Ohio) to play Brown.
"We need your voice, we need your help, so get out and help Jim," Trump said with Renacci at his side. "Get it done."
Trump had left behind the planned topic of taxes and had particularly harsh words for immigrants who entered the United States illegally. He accused them of using the "catch and release" policy, accusing many of them of not having appeared for their immigration court data and suggesting that they did not deserve trial.
"It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen," said Trump. "You catch them and then you let them go, this is a democratic rule, Sherrod Brown."
He went on to describe the policy as "ridiculous," saying, "We have thousands of [1
" These are the laws we suffer from, "the President added.
Trump has overstated the number of immigration judges in the United States, according to National Association of Immigration Judges, which puts a total of about 330 judges.
Trump reaffirmed his campaign pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, saying that this nation needed safe borders, "even if we have to think about closing the country for a while."
Trump criticized elected officials in California who have taken steps to protect undocumented immigrants there. He highlighted Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf (D), who was considering a judicial inquiry into diverting Bay Area immigrants planned by US immigration and customs officials
"This is called utter Obstruction of justice, "said Trump.
Trump heard testimony from several Ohio residents during the small roundtable on how the tax code he signed in December relieved their businesses and their families.
Sherry Sheely, who runs a furniture and home goods store in North Lima, said, "Thank you for making furniture great again and thank you for making America great again."
The event was closed to the public, but several dozen demonstrators gathered in front of the Cleveland Auditorium and Conference Center to protest Trump's visit. Sherrie Scarton from Berea, Ohio, was among the protesters. She said she left the GOP for Trump's campaign.
"I am an evangelical Christian and all he does, all his laws and guidelines, are against what Jesus Christ would do," she said.
At the conference Trump insisted that his presidency "runs much better than people even understand."
"Poll numbers are pretty good," added Trump. "You actually say I'm popular, can you believe that? Of course, the wrong news. False news! … I get nothing but bad publicity."
Trump tried to gain support for Renacci by calling Brown partly demolished. He said the Democratic Senator "does not think as we think" about immigration, health care and other issues. And he warned the citizens of Ohio not to see Brown as an independent voice, but as part of a "block" of Democrats in Washington.
Brown's spokesman Preston Maddock said in a statement to Trump: "Sherrod fights for Ohioans every day – including working with this government and his Republican counterparts in the Senate when it's best for Ohio workers.
Even while During his visit to Cleveland on Saturday, Trump attended a charity event for the Republican National Committee The event that took place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Downtown attracted about 250 donors and raised about $ 3 million for the committee. said a spokesman.
Reporters traveling with Trump requested access to President's remarks to donors during fundraising but were rejected by White House officials
Rucker reported from Washington .