HOUSTON (FOX 26) — During a visit to a training facility in Crosby, Texas, President Donald Trump told union workers that "American labor will always have a friend in the White House."
President Trump said crude oil production is at a record high in Texas, but that he believes more can be done. He signed two executive orders designed to accelerate oil and gas pipeline projects.
The President said that badly needed energy projects are being held back by what he calls "special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies and radical activists."
One executive order that President Trump signed could make it harder for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects over concerns about the effect on water quality. A second order aims to streamline the process for energy infrastructure that crosses international boundaries.
As part of a roundtable event with supporters earlier on Wednesday in San Antonio, President Trump discussed illegal immigration, human trafficking and safety concerns on the border.
President Trump said that people in border states are living in tremendous danger and that nobody has any idea how bad the problem is.
The President said that when it getss hot, migrants are dying. He also claimed that some ranchers are finding scores of dead bodies on their land.
Another supporter told President Trump that gang members are entering the U.S.
President Trump said all the people he has been speaking with say they want a wall because if there was a border wall, migrants wouldn't come and people wouldn't die. Halso chastised the media for not writing "straight" stories about the situation on the border.
Part of President Trump's visit to Texas includes his effort to raise re-election money in two counties that supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel said at least $6 million would be raised and shared by President Trump's re-election effort and the Republican National Committee.
Then-candidate Trump won the state of Texas in the 2016 general election, but Clinton won Bexar and Harris counties, where San Antonio and Houston are located, respectively, by double digits.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.