President Trump spoke to the press Thursday morning before leaving the White House for the southern border and said he has the absolute right to declare a national emergency. The president said while he hasn't yet, he would "almost definitely" call a national emergency if shutdown talks breakdown further. He also said the government shutdown could be "solved in 15 minutes."
Trump told the press that he never said Mexico would "write out a check" for the wall, but instead pay for it "indirectly" through the USMCA trade deal.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I really believe the steel barrier or wall would pay for itself every three or four months and maybe even better than that in terms of overall.
So that said, just a couple of things because I know the fake news likes to say it when during the campaign I would say Mexico is going to pay for it obviously I never said this and I never meant that they are going to write out a check. I said they are going to pay for it. They are. They are paying for it with the incredible deal we made called the United States, Mexico and Canada, USMCA deal, it's a trade deal it has to be approved by Congress it probably will be, other than maybe they even hold that up because they want to have, you know, they want to do as much harm as they can, only because of the 2020 presidential election.
So Mexico is paying for the wall indirectly, and when I said Mexico will pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people, obviously they are not going to write a check, but they are paying for the wall indirectly many, many times over by the really great trade deal we just made. Congress has to approve the deal.
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