Speaker Johnson Hits Biden’s Border ‘Election-Year Gimmicks’

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., excoriated President Joe Biden for “brazenly” misleading the public about his authority to address the southern border crisis but said that ultimately, any talk of Biden now thinking of addressing the border amounts to “election-year gimmicks.”

Johnson released a statement Thursday reacting to Wednesday’s report that Biden is mulling executive action that would stem the flow of migrants through changes to asylum standards and stricter points of entry. This after emphatically telling Americans he needed Congress to give him authority to use executive action and after Johnson telling Biden he had the power already.

“Now, in an election year, after the president has surrendered the border to cartels and smugglers … the President suddenly seems interested in trying to make a change using the legal authority that he claimed until recently didn’t exist,” Johnson said in the statement.

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