Trump tweet: Need for wall is because Americans are lost 'through the Southern Border'
President Trump sent out a tweet Thursday night that had many trying to figure out what exactly he was trying to say.
The commander-in-chief appeared to try to bolster his claims for the need of a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico by saying, "We lose 300 Americans a week, 90% of which comes through the Southern Border. These numbers will be DRASTICALLY REDUCED if we have a wall!"
We lose 300 Americans a week, 90% of which comes through the Southern Border. These numbers will be DRASTICALLY REDUCED if we have a Wall!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
So 90% of the people coming through the southern border are lost Americans?My god. This really is a national crisis. pic.twitter.com/GFGoDKkaGz— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) January 11, 2019
The president posted the tweet after visiting McAllen, Texas and the Rio Grande on Thursday.
Trump's prior reasoning has stated that the need for a wall comes from illegal immigration from foreigners trying to come into the country through the southern border, not Americans trying to leave.
The tweet was confusing to many who saw it.
You LOSE 300 Americans a week?Are you trying to keep them IN?Or OUT?— Charity Main writer-at-large, #Resister by need (@CharityMain306) January 11, 2019
Ah, so that's it. The wall is to keep us in, just like in old East Berlin.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 11, 2019
It appears Trump was attempting to reiterate his claim from the night before when he provided the first Oval Office address of his presidency.
"Every week 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone. Ninety percent of which floods across from our southern border," Trump said.
Folks took the seemingly incomplete tweet at face value.
You're trying to build a wall to prevent Americans from leaving the country?— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) January 11, 2019
US President └ Trump └ Funds for Wall └⚠️This folder is empty.— Amar Akbar Anthony (@amarakhbaranth1) January 11, 2019
If Americans are coming through the southern border, as per YOUR tweet, does that mean we're actually Canada, and Canada is some other country?Are these 300 Americans disappearing into thin air? pic.twitter.com/iEDjoSs2ve— Bev (@SchrodyBach) January 11, 2019
Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review staff writer.