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Trump tweet: Need for wall is because Americans are lost 'through the Southern Border'

Samson X Horne
| Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, 12:36 a.m.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the White House, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, in Washington, en route for a trip to the border in Texas as the government shutdown continues. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the White House, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, in Washington, en route for a trip to the border in Texas as the government shutdown continues. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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!"

What?

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.

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.

Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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