Trump border visit: What's on the president's schedule during the Texas trip?
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AUSTIN — President Donald Trump will travel to McAllen, Texas, on Thursday in the hopes of convincing lawmakers that he needs more than $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
He will be joined by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and has meetings scheduled with several local officials in South Texas, but none from El Paso, the largest city on the Texas-Mexico border.
"Getting ready to leave for the Great State of Texas!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
Trump's visit to the border comes days after he delivered an address to the nation from the Oval Office, which included a harrowing description of life on the border and an urgent plea for Congress to approve spending for a wall and end the partial government shutdown.
His speech was met with frustration from leaders in El Paso and other border communities, who fought back against his characterization of the border as a dangerous, lawless area.
Trump is scheduled to arrive in McAllen at 12:45 p.m. Central Standard Time, according to a schedule released by the White House.
From the airport, Trump will travel to a U.S. Border Patrol Station and participate in a round-table on immigration and border security with mayors, county judges, law enforcement personnel and other South Texas leaders.
At 2:30 p.m., Trump will visit the Rio Grande River and receive a briefing on border security efforts.
From there, he will head back to the airport and land back in Washington D.C. after 8 p.m. local time.
Trump agreed to an interview with Fox News to discuss his trip, which is expected to air on Thursday night.
Madlin Mekelburg is a reporter with the USA Today Network Austin Bureau; she may be reached at 512-479-6606; firstname.lastname@example.org; @madlinbmek on Twitter.