Julian Castro was once mayor of San Antonio, Texas. He was also head of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration.
At one point, he was apparently being considered as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate in 2016 – an “honor” that eventually went to Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.
Now, Castro is agreeing with a Trump policy regarding Central America and he kind of didn’t even realize it.
That’s not going to look good on his progressive, anti-Trump resume!
From Free Beacon:
Former secretary of housing and urban development Julian Castro appeared to inadvertently endorse President Donald Trump’s policy toward economic development in Central America while attempting to explain the contrast between himself and the president on immigration.
Castro, whose campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has failed to generate traction in the crowded 2020 field, recently opined about the need for a 21st century Marshall Plan in Central America.
“Extending a hand of friendship, of opportunity to countries in our hemisphere—this approach is much more in keeping with our values,” Castro told the Guardian. “This is a mutually beneficial way to engage Central Americans, not a slap in the face like the wall.”
Castro’s plan aims to increase public and private investment in Central America’s Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—in order to alleviate the violence and poverty that has led many of the region’s residents to migrate illegally to the United States and Mexico.
“There will be greater stability in this hemisphere, people will find safety and opportunity in their own countries so they won’t knock on the door of the United States, and as China and others strike out in Latin America it makes more sense for us to have stronger relationships,” Castro said. (He failed to provide specifics but promised the investment would be “bigger than we’ve ever done.”)
Castro attempted to point out “how much a failure Trump has been on immigration.” But instead of creating a contrast with the president, Castro’s remarks appeared to offer an endorsement of the Trump administration’s recent initiative addressing the root cause of Central American migration.
Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is saying there’s a chance President Trump could lose the 2020 general election.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Monday that President Donald Trump could lose the 2020 presidential election if his “personality” is the central focus of his campaign.
“The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it,” Ryan said during a lecture in Vero Beach, Florida, according to TCPalm.com.
The former speaker said President Trump should focus on issues of substance, rather than not style, if he wants to beat his Democrat presidential rival next year. Potential Democrat presidential contenders include Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-TX) are expected to launch campaigns in the coming weeks.