Heitkamp Says Trump Hasn't Provided a Southern Border Strategy

Local farmers at a recent event wanted to talk with her about tariffs.

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Nia Prater
Aug. 10, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) criticized President Trump in an interview for lacking a border security blueprint.

Heitkamp: “We’re waiting for a southern border strategy. ... I do not believe our Southwest border’s secure. So I don’t share the view, when people say: ‘Well, we don’t need to do anything, the border’s secure.’ The border’s not secure. But we need to be smart about how we do border security."

"Heitkamp discussed a range of issues after participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, 20,000-acre wind farm in South Central North Dakota, near Ellendale, a tiny agriculture community. ... Amid the hoopla of the new energy project, anxiety about Trump’s trade policies persisted, which some here believe could become a political major issue in the Senate race. As Heitkamp made the rounds to pose for pictures and answer questions from local farmers, most wanted to talk about the trade disputes with China and other countries that they fear could spiral out of control and cost them hundreds of millions of dollars by year's end." (Washington Examiner)


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