Trump on Border Negotiations: Without a Wall, It Doesn't Work and I'm Not Interested in Wasting My Time

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Posted: Jan 31, 2019 2:00 PM
Trump on Border Negotiations: Without a Wall, It Doesn't Work and I'm Not Interested in Wasting My Time

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Speaking to reporters at the White House Thursday, President Trump gave an update on ongoing negotiations with Capitol Hill over border security and a wall.

President Trump also said he is waiting to make a decision on declaring a national emergency until February 15.

Before his remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she isn't budging on funding for a wall, but appeared open to some kind of barrier as part of a deal.

“If the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall. Are there places where enhanced fencing, Normandy fencing, will work? Let them have that discussion,” Pelosi said.

"If there's no wall it doesn't work. She's [Pelosi] just playing games," Trump said. “By the way If you go to Tijuana and you take down that wall you will have so many people [caravans] coming into our country that Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall, she’ll be begging for wall. She will say ‘'Mr. President, please, please give us a wall.'"

According to the Department of Defense and Homeland Security, three new caravans carrying tens-of-thousands of people are on their way from Central America to the United States.