At a business roundtable in Ohio on Saturday, President Trump said "we're going to get the wall," even if it requires "closing up the country for a while." At the time, Trump was touting Ohio Republican Senate candidate Jim Renacci, who hopes to face off with Democratic incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, when he made his declaration about the border.
Earlier at the roundtable, Trump delivered a similar message about closing up the country due to people scaling the wall, "because we either have a country or we don't."
"You look at the borders, they didn't want the wall, but we're going to get the wall," Trump said of Congressional Democrats. "Even if we think about closing up the country for a while, we're going to get the wall. We have no choice. We have absolutely no choice and we're going to get tremendous security in our country."
From his remarks in Cleveland on Saturday afternoon:
TRUMP: How about the wall where everyone scales the wall? Now, we are fixing and building walls now but we need much more money -- we're doing the job right. We're going to do the job. And we may have to close up our country to get this right because we either have a country or we don't. And we can't allow people to pour into our country the way they're doing.
You just take a look at the mess that's on television right now. It is a total catastrophe. And these are laws passed by Democrats so we have open borders. They want open borders. We have to have borders. If you don't have borders, you don't have a country. So we're going to have to stop it...
You know, [Republican U.S. Congressman] Jim Renacci has been really terrific, he's represented Ohio for a long time. He's a very successful businessman and he's now as you know running for the Senate against Sherrod Brown who does not think the way we think and when it comes to borders, when it comes to so much, and remember, it's also the vote because they are going to vote as a bloc and the Democrats are very weak on borders, very weak on health care.
The healthcare that they had is a disaster and it's coming home to an end. Very weak -- you look at the borders, they didn't want the wall, but we're going to get the wall. Even if we think about closing up the country for a while, we're going to get the wall. We have no choice. We have absolutely no choice and we're going to get tremendous security in our country.
But Jim has been there all the way, he's highly respected in Washington, just a respected person, really knows what it is to go out and make a dollar, go out and spend a dollar, understands business, understands what we are doing in the country and understands what it takes to make America great again and I give Jim my full support.