At Thursday's missile defense announcement at the Pentagon, President Trump briefly commented on the border wall fight and the government shutdown:
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have ridiculous and dangerous immigration loopholes that no country in the world has but us. The federal government remains shut down because Congressional Democrats refuse to approve border security. We're going to have border security. It is going to be tight. It is going to be strong.
We're going to let people into our country gladly, but they're going to come in legally, and that includes for the farmers who need help. And for others. But we're going to have powerful, strong border security.
While many Democrats in the House and the Senate would like to make a deal, Speaker Pelosi will not let them negotiate. The party has been hijacked by the open-borders fringe within the party. The radical left, becoming the radical Democrats.
Hopefully, Democrat lawmakers will step forward to do what is right for our country, and what is right for our country is border security at the strongest level. Stop human hijacking. Stop drugs. Stop gangs. Stop criminals. That's what we're going to do. That was my pledge and that's what we're going to do.