The president said he met the new Prime Minister of Italy yesterday when he called to wish Trump a happy birthday. Giuseppe Conte is the leader of a nationalist-populist coalition which just won nationwide elections in Italy on an anti-refugee stance.
"The new Prime Minister of Italy is great, got to meet him, very strong on immigration, like I am by the way. It seems like strong on immigration wins now," the president said.
"They're all saying about separating the families. And that's a Democrat bill. That's Democrats wanting to do that. They could solve it very easily by getting together. But they think it is a good election point, I think it is a horrible election point for them," he said.
"They're afraid of security for our country, they're afraid of a wall," Trump said of the Democrats. "I must tell you, most people now, really, they want the wall."
He explained: "Trump became president and we have the best economy today we've ever had. We have much greater border security than we ever would have had. And when we do it -- when we have the laws changed it will be like perfecto."
TRUMP: No, they all called. I mean I have great friendships. The new prime minister of Italy is great. Got to meet him. Very strong on immigration.
TRUMP: Like I am, by the way. It seems that strong on immigration wins now.
DOOCY: Sure. But this is...
TRUMP: But the democrats by the way are very weak on immigration. If you notice when I came over they were all saying about separating the families and that's a democrat bill. That's democrats wanting to do that and they could solve it very easily by getting together. But they think it's a good election point. I think it's a horrible election point for them.
DOOCY: Ultimately Congress has got to change the laws...
TRUMP: They got to change the law.
DOOCY: ... but at the same time, Mr. President, people say look, you rip these families apart even though it is the law, it's heartless.
TRUMP: But that's the law and that's what the democrats gave us and we're willing to change it today if they want to get in and negotiate but the just don't want to negotiate. They're afraid of -- they're afraid of security for our country. They're afraid of a wall. Although I must tell you most people now really -- they want the wall.
They want to stop the drugs, they want to stop a lot of people from coming in that shouldn't be here like MS-13.
DOOCY: A lot of -- I was up on Capitol Hill yesterday with Steve Scalise, they were having a leadership meeting. It sounds like they were going to take a vote on a couple of different bills on immigration probably next week. One of them, the Good Life bill, the other is something more moderate. Would you sign either one of those?
TRUMP: I'm looking at both of them. I certainly wouldn't sign the more...
DOOCY: What does the bill have to have in it?
TRUMP: I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security. I have to have that. We have to get...
DOOCY: Got to have the wall? Does that mean the wall?
TRUMP: We have to have the wall. If we don't have the wall there's no bill. We have to catch and release. We catch a criminal, a real criminal, a rough tough criminal, we take his name and then we release him. And we say please show up to court in a couple of months.
You know what the chances of getting him to court are? Like zero. OK. It's crazy. Then we have the lottery program, right. It's called lottery visa.
DOOCY: Diversity Lottery Program.
TRUMP: Yes, well lottery visa.
DOOCY: OK. One of the...
TRUMP: OK, whatever. They have 15 there. Still -- everyone of them has lottery. Do you know what lottery is? That's when you pick names to come into the country. Well, when a country gives names, they're not giving us their finest. So we're picking people, it's not good.
We have to end that. We have to end a couple of them and we are going to be so secure as a country. Now with all of that being said, we're doing a great job. ICE, we're getting MS-13 out by the thousands. But we shouldn't have to be going into towns in Long Island and other places and getting them out. You know it's almost like we're liberating towns. It's incredible.
DOOCY: You mentioned court. Regarding a legal proceeding, you got Robert -- the Mueller investigation. I know we kind of touched on that a little while ago. Rudy Giuliani is out this morning. He said the investigation should go away. Time to fold up the tent. Or it's time to investigate the investigators. Are you on the same page?
TRUMP: Look, we have 13 angry democrats. There are -- I call them 13 angry democrats and others work for Obama for eight years. I mean they have no republicans, you have no -- it's a very unfair situation but the I.G. report totally exonerates. I mean if you look at the results and if you look at the head investigator is saying we have to stop Trump from becoming president.
Well Trump became president and we have the best economy today we've ever had. We have much greater border security than we ever would have had. And when we do it -- when we have the laws changed it will be like perfecto.