Trump Tells Law Enforcement Conference the Border Wall is ‘Very, Very On Its Way’
Speaking to a conference of police chiefs and sheriffs Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump insisted that a United States-Mexico border wall would be built, and is already underway, despite prolonged back-and-forth talks with Congress.
“We will get the job done,” he said to the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association Joint Conference in Washington. “The wall is very, very on its way. It’s happening as we speak. We’re building as we speak in the most desperate areas.”
The President said his wall will be so “big” and “strong” that people “aren’t going through very easy.”
“You’re going to have to be in extremely good shape to get over this one, said Trump, prompting some laughs from the crowd. “They would be able to climb Mt. Everest a lot easier, I think. ”
He added that the administration is working on more than just the border wall, including the strengthening of southern ports of entry into the United States and increased border technology.
But none of these things will substantially help increase border security if the wall isn’t built first, Trump says.
“It all hinges around the walls,” he said. “Because if you don’t have the walls, the technology is almost useless.”
Negotiations are underway between the administration and congress over funding for the wall, as another shutdown looms, and there is still a big question as to whether Trump will invoke emergency authority to bypass congress for the money.
On Fox News Channel a day before the conference, anchor Shepard Smith said Trump’s claims that the wall is already being built are false.
Watch the clip above, via the White House.
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