Rep. Tony Gonzales: ‘When I Tried to Be Part of This El Paso Visit … The White House Told Me I Wasn’t Able to Be Part of It’

( – Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he was told he would not be allowed to accompany the president during his visit to the southern border, and he doesn’t know why.

When asked whether he’s taking part at all in President Biden’s visit or had any contact with the White House about migration, the congressman said, “I’m very disappointed in the administration. You know, seven months ago, I hosted the president in Uvalde, and I asked him to visit on the border. He looked me in the eye, and he said, Tony, yes. 

“Seven months later, when I tried to be part of this El Paso visit, which I represent El Paso. I represent 50 – nearly 50% of the southern border. The White House told me I wasn’t I wasn’t able to be part of it,” Gonzales said.

The congressman accused Democrats of using the president’s visit as “a political challenge, not a policy challenge.”

“What does that mean? That means that means that Democrats are using this as a political – they think this is a political challenge, not a policy challenge. Clearly that you know, you see these images a couple of weeks ago of hundreds of people in a cell. That’s not a political challenge. That is a policy challenge,” he said.


“Why? Why did they tell you can’t come? What did they say?” host Margaret Brennan asked.

“I don’t know. That’s the frustrating part. You know, on one end, you’re hearing them say – you know that they want to work with Republicans. I’m not this crazy, extremist Republican. I’m jumping up and down, pushing against my party when I think it’s right, looking for ways to solve problems,” Gonzales said.

“What I don’t want to see is a terrorist action happen and say, I told you so. I have no interest in that. I’m trying to keep America safe. The administration just has turned a blind eye, and it goes to show they think that their policy is correct, and it’s dangerous,” the congressman said.

“It should scare the hell out of every American out there to say this administration is going to gonna double down, and it’s going to taint the Biden administration. It’s going to taint Biden’s legacy,” he said.


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