Texas Rancher Thanks Trump for Supporting Wall by Gifting Belt Buckle to Barron

Janita Kan
By Janita Kan
January 11, 2019Politics
Texas Rancher Thanks Trump for Supporting Wall by Gifting Belt Buckle to Barron
President Donald Trump addresses border patrol agents and local residents at a roundtable discussion in McAllen, Texas, on Jan. 10, 2019. (Screenshot/White House)

A Texas rancher has shown appreciation for President Donald Trump’s border security efforts by offering his belt buckle as a gift to the commander-in-chief’s son Barron, 12.

The touching moment happened during the roundtable discussion of immigration and border security where Trump met with border patrol officials and local residents in McAllen, Texas, on Jan. 10.

Rancher Monty Awbrey handed the large belt buckle as a gesture of thanks, showing his appreciation for the president’s efforts to build a wall at the southwest border.

“You can give it to your son, Barron,” Awbrey said as he handed the president the buckle.

Trump, wearing a white Make America Great Again hat, replied in jest, “he’s bribing the president!”

“I don’t know if this is worth 10 cents or if it’s worth $50,000 but that’s very nice of you,” Trump said.

Earlier Awbrey, who grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, shared his story about encountering illegal immigrants on his ranch, many of whom were in distress or had been sexually assaulted after being brought in by people smugglers.

“These [illegal immigrants] pay $3,000 a piece to come across.  It’s everything that they garnish up, you know, wage wise, to pay these people,” Awbrey said.

He claimed the people smugglers then “walk them 10 miles across the border, walk them around in a brush, and disappear on them.”

“They’re lost. They’re hopeless. They don’t know what to do. So they give up and they say, ‘Can you call Border Patrol for me?'” he said.

Building a ‘Common Sense’ Wall

At the start of the roundtable, the president addressed border patrol agents and immigration officers, thanking them for their hard work. He used the opportunity to express the importance of building a wall while slamming the Democrats and mainstream media for calling the immigration situation a “manufactured crisis.”

“Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this is a manufactured crisis,” he said. “All over, I turn the television. You know, I call it the opposition party. It’s called the fake-news media, and what happens is every network has [reported]: “manufactured crisis.'”

Trump described building a wall as “common sense” because it works, likening it to wheels on a car.

“They say a wall is medieval. Well, so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall,” the president said. “And I looked, and every single car out there, even the really expensive ones that the Secret Service uses—and believe me, they are expensive—I said, ‘Do they all have wheels?’ ‘Yes.’ Oh, I thought it was medieval … a wheel works and a wall works.”

Trump warned the Democrats’ open border agenda threatens all American families. He also praised the work of ICE officers in arresting criminal aliens, charged with or convicted with about 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings in the last year.

“When they talk about how unfair, how this, how that—nobody talks about how unfair it is to the victims of the brutal killings,” the president said.


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