Just days before another potential government shutdown over the issue of funding for a border security wall, President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night.
Trump, in a Monday morning tweet ahead of the event, promised a “big speech on border security and much else tonight.”
“Tremendous crowd! See you later!” he added.
The event begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Will be heading to El Paso very soon. Big speech on Border Security and much else tonight. Tremendous crowd! See you later!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2019
Attendees have been streaming to the venue all day long ahead of the speech.
Many said they not only wanted to hear what the president had to say — they also wanted to demonstrate their support to him for his border security and safety plans.
Former Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, interestingly, is planning to take part in a competing rally on Monday evening.
O’Rourke wrote, “Monday we will welcome the president to one of the safest cities in the United States. Safe not because of walls, and not in spite of the fact that we are a city of immigrants. Safe because we are a city of immigrants and because we treat each other with dignity and respect.”
Watch the livestream of Trump’s El Paso remarks here.