White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the visit Monday on Twitter:
President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 7, 2019
Details may be announced later, but the snark from Twitter users started immediately.
He must be excited to tell the border agents that they won't be getting paid for their work. Donald has done that with all his other businesses.— JosepAgpaoa (@MojoAGP808) January 7, 2019
Of course, people had questions. Lots of questions.
Is going to pick up a check from Mexico?— Ron Beaty (@BeatyRon) January 7, 2019
Is he going to throw out paper towels? https://t.co/oD085YPGA5— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 7, 2019
Maybe his staff can supply him accurate facts this time? https://t.co/u0GLcs6TrU— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 7, 2019
I hope he is safe from the 4,000 terrorists on the border, are there going to be enough unpaid secret service agents there?— Steve Taylor (@Steveta84294152) January 7, 2019
Others hoped the media might cover the visit with the proper perspective.
This was in reporting last week - that Trump was focused on "optics" opportunity for his wall.— Amy Siskind ️ (@Amy_Siskind) January 7, 2019
Media - hoping you have learned from the disastrous Super Bowl type coverage you gave to his Singapore Summit. And will cover this appropriately - as the charade it is! https://t.co/xcsz8mN4aQ
But one person was pretty sure what was really going to happen during the visit.
Reality: he's going to spread lies, meet with border agents / officials sympathetic to his anti-immigrant cause, and will ignore the kids he has locked up in Tornillo. https://t.co/Y52eL4ee10— Gabe #DreamActNow Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 7, 2019
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.