WASHINGTON – Rep. Andy Biggs’ trip to the Arizona-Mexico border got some Twitter attention from President Trump on Thursday.
The Republican congressman, a vocal supporter of Trump’s calls for a beefed up border wall, led a delegation of congressional Republicans to the Arizona-Mexico border last week. Biggs represents Arizona’s 5th District in the southeastern Phoenix suburbs.
Trump on Thursday retweeted a post from Biggs heralding the trip.
“I’m grateful for my colleagues who accompanied me to the border to view the crisis w/ their own eyes,” Biggs wrote. “It’s one thing to talk about this crisis from our districts; it’s another entirely to walk w/ agents on the ground to experience their everyday realities.”
All nine congressional representatives whose districts line the 2,000-mile southern border, including one Republican, oppose Trump’s border wall, CBS News reported earlier this year.
The presidential retweet came as Trump on Thursday morning retweeted a flurry of posts from Republican members of Congress attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, criticizing Democratic lawmakers and backing Trump’s calls for a national emergency along the southern U.S. border.
Trump also retweeted to his nearly 60 million Twitter followers posts from Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz – who joined the delegation to the border – and GOP Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio.
The GOP delegation to the southern U.S. border made headlines when the office of Pennsylvania Republican Rep. John Joyce corrected his claims that there were cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis among the migrants who were picked up by border agents in Yuma County, Ariz.
Joyce’s spokesman, Andrew Romeo, told the Pennsylvania Capital-Star that the congressman had based his erroneous claim on information provided to him by former Arizona GOP state chairman Jonathan Lines, who was the delegation’s guide during its trip to Yuma.