President Donald Trump on Wednesday used a terror attack at a famous Christmas market in a small, scenic town in France on Tuesday night to once again argue for more funding for U.S. border security - despite no evidence of links between terror attacks in the U.S. and illegal immigration over the southern border, reports ABC News.
His call came a day after he threatened to shut down the government if he doesn't get 5 billion dollars for a border wall.
"Another very bad terror attack in France," Trump tweeted. "We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!"
Trump's tweet sought again to connect terrorism, like the attack seen in France, to security at the U.S. border, even though French authorities said the suspect there was not an immigrant, but born in Strasbourg, the French town where the attack occurred.
Trump made a similar claim during a clash with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday afternoon in the Oval Office. Trump met with the Democratic leaders to discuss the spending bill Congress must pass by December 21st in order to keep the government open, but the meeting turned into a 15-minute argument in front of news cameras.
During the back and forth, the president said people were "pouring into our country," including terrorists -- a claim that has not been matched by public data or comments from the Department of Homeland Security. The president also said "10 terrorists" were caught at the border "over the last very short period of time."
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has said previously that DHS blocks "10 known or suspected terrorists a day from traveling to or attempting to enter the U.S.," but that figure is an average taken over the last year that concerns screening efforts worldwide and is not specific to migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.