Trump Says He'll Likely Visit Southern Border In A Few Weeks But 'He'd Love Not to Be Involved'

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that he'll probably visit the southern border in the next few weeks while insisting that he'd prefer not to be involved in President Joe Biden's immigration efforts.

In an interview with Fox News' Justice With Judge Jeanine, Trump told host Jeanine Pirro that he'll "probably" go to the border soon. "Over the next couple of weeks," the ex-president said. "The Border Patrol wants me to go. Probably over the next couple of weeks. I don't think there's a rush for me to go. [Biden's] supposed to go and make the decisions."

Trump said that that he doesn't want to be involved in the situation at the border but he'll likely visit because officials from the United States Border Patrol (USBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have asked him to.

Trump at CPAC
Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

"A lot of people want me to. Border Patrol and all the people at ICE, they want me there, they asked me to go. So I sort of feel like I owe it to them. They're great people, they're doing an incredible job," he said. "It's a very, very dangerous situation. I'd love not to be involved. Somebody else is supposed to be doing it."

Asked by Pirro to disclose an exact date for his possible upcoming trip, Trump said he didn't "want to set a schedule, but over the next few weeks I guess I'll go."

"I'm not sure if I really should do it, other than the fact that I have such respect for the Border Patrol and for ICE. These people, they're dying for leadership, and there's nothing, there's no leadership," he added. "You have to see the squalor. The children. And frankly, people that have come into the country. When you look at what's happening. The dirt and the filth. That's why they're not letting the press in."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.

Over the past week, Trump has strongly criticized Biden for ending the "Remain in Mexico" program and ceasing construction on the border wall. "We've paid for it already. The contracts are completed. The wall should be completed by now. He stopped it almost on his first day," the former president said on Saturday.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have not visited the southern border since taking office. However, on Wednesday, officials in the Biden administration visited a border facility in Texas with a group of congressional lawmakers.

As the U.S. struggles with the border crisis, Biden has faced criticism from the left over his administration's inhumane treatment of undocumented children in detention facilities and from the right for damaging an allegedly secure border left by Trump.