Trump Visits San Luis, Arizona and says stopped COVID, it stopped everything

Trump Visits San Luis, Arizona and says stopped COVID, it stopped everything

The US President Donald Trump visited San Luis, Arizona on Tuesday and said "stopped COVID, it stopped everything. " He visited the US-Mexico border and tried to credit his new wall with stopping both illegal immigration and the coronavirus.
The US President Donald Trump visited San Luis, Arizona on Tuesday and said "stopped COVID, it stopped everything. " He visited the US-Mexico border and tried to credit his new wall with stopping both illegal immigration and the coronavirus.

In the blazing summer heat, Trump briefly stopped to inspect a new section of the concrete and rebar structure where the president and other officials took a moment to scrawl their signatures on the wall.

"It stopped COVID, it stopped everything," Trump said.

Trump was looking to regain campaign momentum after his weekend rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was supposed to be a sign of the nation's reopening. Low turnout for the rally, however, sharpened the focus on Trump's visit to Arizona, which doubles as both a 2020 battleground state and a surging coronavirus hot spot.

By visiting the border, Trump sought to change the subject to an issue he believes will help electrify his base in November.

"Our border has never been more secure," Trump declared as he met with Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey and federal Border Patrol officials.

Later in the day, Trump addressed a group of young Republicans at a Phoenix megachurch. The "Students for Trump" event at the Dream City Church is part of a special project of Turning Point Action, a group chaired by Trump ally Charlie Kirk.

His administration has promised to build 450 miles (724 kilometres) by the end of the year, but that seems unlikely. The government has awarded more than $6.1bn in construction contracts since April 2019 for various projects along the border. It has also waived procurement rules that critics say make the process of awarding multimillion-dollar contracts secretive and opaque.

Throughout the trip, the COVID-19 pandemic is shadowing Trump. Since late May, Arizona has emerged as one of the nation's most active hot spots for the spread of COVID-19, with disturbing trends in several benchmarks, including the percentage of tests that prove positive for the virus, which is the highest in the nation.

The state reported a new daily record of nearly 3,600 additional coronavirus cases Tuesday as Arizona continued to set records for the number of people hospitalised, in intensive care and on ventilators for COVID-19. Arizona's total caseload in the pandemic has reached at least 58,179, with 42 more deaths reported Tuesday, raising the death toll to 1,384.