Former President Donald Trump took to the dance floor of his Mar-a-Lago country club which was hosting a wedding reception to bemoan his election loss and rail against President Biden, China, Iran and the current crisis at the southern border, before finally wishing the happy couple well.
Trump appeared at the reception dressed in a tuxedo where it appeared as though he was going to toast the bride and groom.
But no sooner had he got behind one of the band’s microphones, Trump suddenly shifted gear turned all political, as if he were back on the campaign trail.
Donald Trump was set to make a toast at a wedding being held at his country club but ended up talking about losing the 2020 election and the border crisis
The former president hogged the limelight on the couple’s big day for more than two-and-a-half minutes covering a range of topics including Biden’s shortcomings, foreign policy, China, Iran and the border situation with Mexico.
Much like one of his rallies, he then asked the crowd to cheers, ‘Do you miss me yet?’ before eventually toasting the newlyweds John and Megan Arrigo.
‘I get all these splash reports, and they’re telling me about the border, they’re telling me about China, they’re telling me about Iran,’ Trump began as he grabbed the mic.
‘We were ready to make a deal, they were ready to do anything, they would have done anything. And this guy [Biden] goes and drops the sanctions and then he says we’d like to negotiate now.
‘We’re not dealing with the United States now. They don’t want to deal with that stuff. And now China the same thing. They never treated us that way. What happened a few days ago was terrible.’
Former President Donald Trump has remained at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida since leaving the White House on January 20th
Trump then doubled down on the issues at the border and described it as the ‘worst it has ever been’ saying children are living in ‘squalor’.
‘The border is not good. It’s the worst that it has ever been … what’s happening to the kids, they’re living in squalor. They are living like nobody has ever seen. There’s never been anything like this …
‘These things are showing thousands and thousands of people coming up from South America.’
All the while Trump was speaking, the band appeared to be getting ready to play for the couple’s first, but the former president had a few more things to say and seemed better placed to debate policy with guests as he went on to state how country could not afford illegal immigrants and border blunders.
‘It’s a disaster. It’s a humanitarian disaster from their standpoint and it’s going to destroy the country. And frankly, the country can’t afford it.
The former president was making a guest appearance at a wedding reception at his Mar-a-Lago resort for the newly married couple John and Megan Arrigo
The wedding toast felt more like one of Trump’s traditional campaign speeches
‘You’re talking massive amounts … Our school systems, our hospital systems. Everything. It’s a rough thing.’
Before finally turning attention away from himself, Trump felt compelled to ask the audience once more question.
‘And I just say, do you miss me yet?’ he asked, before the crowd cheered.
But even then the former president was not finished and managed to slip in a claim about election fraud saying a ‘strange thing’ happened last November.
‘They said get 66 million votes, sir, and the election is over. I got 75 million votes, and you saw what happened.
‘At 10.30pm in the evening, all of a sudden, they said that’s a strange thing, why are they closing up certain places. There’s a lot of things happening right now.’
Finally, after almost three minutes of Trump talking about himself, he turned the attention to the married couple for the first time.
‘It’s an honor to be here. It’s an honor to have you at Mar-a-Lago. You are a great and beautiful couple,’ Trump said before the clip came to an end.
Instead of talking about the newlyweds, Trump used the occasion to take a dig at President Joe Biden’s administration
A family of immigrants who arrived illegally across the Rio Grande river from Mexico stand in line at a processing checkpoint before being detained at a holding facility by border patrol agents in the border city of Roma, Texas on Saturday
On Saturday night, Donald Trump said he plans to visit the border soon claiming officials at the border ‘asked me to go.’
‘A lot of people want me to, the Border Patrol and the people of ICE want me there and have asked me to go. I feel I sort of owe it to them,’ Trump said to Fox News.
‘They are great people doing an incredible job. It’s impossible with what they have done to stay in Mexico should have been left. Now they stay in the United States, by the way, stay in and never leave.’
He added: ‘Thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak. And you will have millions of people pouring into our country. It will destroy our country. It’s a very, very dangerous situation.’
Trump also called getting rid of the Migrant Protection Protocol was a ‘very bad decision’ while criticizing Biden for undoing his ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.
‘You’re going to have millions of people pouring into our country. It’s a very dangerous situation. I would love not to be involved. Someone else is supposed to be doing it.’
On Saturday evening, Trump claimed that the United States will soon see ‘millions of people pouring into our country’ as he called it a ‘very dangerous situation
Trump also touted his relationship with the Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and blasted Biden for ending that.
‘We had a great process with the President of Mexico, who is a terrific guy and a friend of mine. It was a strong process. Frankly they weren’t coming into Mexico,’ Trump said.
‘By the time we got it going, they weren’t coming in at Mexico’s southern border because they knew they couldn’t come into the United States.’
Trump also said that Mexico had 28,000 soldiers who stopped people from coming in to the United States, before then touting his signature border wall.
Trump last visited the border during his final weeks in office when he traveled to Alamo, Texas, to celebrate the completion of more than 450 miles of his border wall.
Since Biden was inaugurated, the United States has seen an unprecedented surge of migrants at the border as the number of unaccompanied children are on track to surpass numbers from May 2019.
U.S. border agents conducted 100,441 apprehensions or expulsions of migrants at the border with Mexico in February – the highest monthly total since a border crisis of 2019, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said recently.
President Joe Biden claimed on Wednesday that a ‘surge’ of migrants at the southern border started during the Trump administration.
Biden also blamed Trump for getting rid of a $700 million foreign aid program that would have prevented the migration surge by strengthening the economies of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.