Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall

The Texas Democrat who is challenging Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProtesters confront Cruz at airport over Kavanaugh vote O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage MORE (R-Texas) in this year’s midterm election said Thursday that he doesn’t know “what to believe” when it comes to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE’s proposed border wall.

"Well, I don't know what to believe because there have been so many different stories from this president about what he means when he talks about a wall that can stretch from Brownsville 2,000 miles to San Diego,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) told CNN’s “New Day.”

“Thirty feet tall, pure concrete, we’ve heard in the past,” he said.


President Trump has insisted that a border wall, which was a signature promise of his presidential campaign, be attached to any deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Democrats, however, have resisted funding a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

O’Rourke, who represents Texas’s 16th Congressional District, said El Paso does not need a wall.

“We are long past the point of diminishing returns,” O’Rourke said.

“Instead, we need to focus on the business before us, including ensuring that those 800,000 'Dreamers' are able to stay and flourish in this country,” he said, referring to young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

President Trump said last year that he would rescind the Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation, but provided Congress with a six-month window to craft a legislative fix.

Lawmakers this week met with Trump at the White House to discuss immigration legislation. The president said Tuesday that a border wall "must be part of any DACA approval."