From: "Crowley, Michael"
Date: February 14, 2020 at 3:24:22 PM EST
Subject: In town pool report #6 / more POTUS, victim relative
After opening with extemporaneous remarks, POTUS turned to pre-written ones, with many digressions, thanking the border agents and their families and touting his record on border enforcement.
He boasted that illegal border crossings are down over 75% since last spring and have dropped eight months in a row.
He made several references to what he calls Democratic support for “open borders” and complaints about unnamed individual governors.
In reading from his remarks about the “criminal alien” who raped and murdered 92yo Maria Fuertes in Queens, NY, this winter, POTUS came across the word “alleged” in his text and stopped, saying “the lawyers” had added the qualifier and that he would omit it.
He then invited Fuertes’ granddaughter to speak. Fighting tears, she gave a tearful call for “preventive measures,” saying “this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law” in NY. POTUS gave her at least one light comforting touch as she choked up.
POTUS concluded and exited at 3:18pm.
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