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Mayor Dee Margo talks about President Trump's visit

Mayor Dee Margo

El Paso mayor Dee Margo responded to President's Trump's backlash regarding the way local elected officials reacted to his comments made during the State of the Union address last week.

During his address to the nation, Trump said El Paso became one of the safest cities in the nation thanks to a border wall.

During the MAGA rally on Monday, he said, "When that wall went up, it's a whole different ball game. ... I don't care whether a mayor is a Republican or a Democrat. They're full of crap when they say it hasn't made a big difference. I heard the same thing from the fake news. They said, 'Oh crime, it actually stayed the same.' It didn't stay the same. It went way down. ... Thanks to a powerful border wall in El Paso, Texas, it's one of America's safest cities now." — rally remarks.

Following Trump's campaign speech Margo reacted on Twitter.

Monday morning Margo said if the president spoke with him, he would clarify the misconceptions of El Paso mentioned in his address.

Margo pointed out that the president did also mention that El Paso is the safest city in the U.S.

Trump again on Monday falsely suggested a dramatic drop in crime in El Paso due to a border wall. In fact, the city's murder rate was less than half the national average in 2005, the year before the start of its border fence. It's true that the FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso's annual number of reported violent crimes dropped from nearly 5,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016. But that corresponded with similar declines in violent crime nationwide and included periods when the city's crime rates increased year over year, despite new fencing and walls.

Before the wall project started, El Paso had been rated one of the three safest major U.S. cities going back to 1997.

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