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Donald Trump, the first president in more than a century not to have an official White House pet, took a shot at dog owners at a Monday rally, saying it'd feel "phony" for him to have a canine. He cited the number of people who have died trying to enter the United States since 650 miles of fencing went up along the southern border over the past decade.

President Trump touted the success of his administration during his rally in Texas, following a breakthrough in border security negotiations.

O'Rourke, who was born there, described El Paso as one of the safest cities before physical barriers were constructed on the border.

"Democrats have got to stop being so angry and they've got to start being partners", Trump also said, despite much of his rally criticism being aimed at his opposition party.

The president retreated last month when he agreed to end the shutdown without getting money for a wall.

A fact check by the El Paso Times found that the crime rate was decreasing in the city before the border fence came along 2008-2009, as crime rates fell nationwide from high levels in the 1990s.

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL", Trump insisted that large portions of the project are already under construction and vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

The news broke moments before Mr. Trump took the stage, though he said he didn't know what to make of it.

"With the eyes of the country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand here in one of the safest cities in America", O'Rourke said as music and cheers from Trump's rally blared on to the field.

Further, Rubin notes that Trump rallies lately may have lost their ability to capture the attention of Americans.

And the selection of a rally in El Paso was no accident either - Trump has often highlighted the border city as evidence that walls work, noting the low crime in the US border town compared to its Mexican counterpart.

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The problem with what quickly appeared to be yet another false statement from Trump: The El Paso County Coliseum where Trump spoke has a maximum capacity of 5,250. "He challenged us. So we have, let's say 35,000 people tonight, and he has, say, 200 people, 300 people", Trump said, comparing his rally with O'Rourke's rally.

As for O'Rourke, NBC News estimated that there were 7,000 and 8,000 people at his rally and march.

Aguilar said attendance "might be 10,000 with the people outside" total, but the Fire Department did not track the number of people out doors.

At his own rally, O'Rourke slammed the proposed border wall.

Democratic Representative Nita Lowey said: "I hope by Wednesday we'll have a finished product". "We are going to show the country who we are".

El Paso was never one of the most risky cities in the country, as per the New York Times.

"The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens!" We will not believe that walls can or should keep them out. "They're becoming the party of socialism, open borders, late-term abortion, and crime".

He repeated his warnings about drugs and human traffickers coming over the border, and argued Democratic attempts to bolster security at ports of entry won't help.

Congressional sources said the agreement includes $1.37 billion for new fencing along 55 miles (90 km) of the southern border but only with now used designs such as "steel bollard" fencing.

"The Democrat Party has never been more outside the mainstream".

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