Full Replay: President Trump Announces National Emergency To Build Border Wall

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President Donald Trump will sign compromise legislation to avert another government shutdown and simultaneously declare a national emergency to get more money for a border wall from other parts of the federal budget.

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.






Transcript:

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody. Before we begin, I'd like to just say that we have a very large team of talented people in China. We've had a negotiation going on for about two days. It's going extremely well. Who knows what that means because it only matters if we get it done, but we're very much working very closely with China and President Xi, do I expect a lot -- very good relationship we have. And we're a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal. We're covering everything.

All of the points that people have been talking about for years, that said it couldn't be done, whether it was theft or anything -- anything. The unfairness. We've been losing on average $375 billion a year with China. A lot of people think it's $506 billion. Some people think it's much more than that.

We're going to be leveling the playing field. The tariffs are hurting China very badly. They don't want them and frankly, if we can make the deal it'd be my honor to remove them, but otherwise we're having many billions of dollars pouring into our treasury. We've never had that before with China. It's been very much of a one-way street. So that's happening. And the relationship with China is very good, but I think they finally respect our country. They haven't respected us for a long time. Not for a long time.

The UK and the U.S., as you probably have been seeing and hearing -- we're agreeing to go forward and preserve our trade agreement. You know all of the situation with respect to Brexit and the complexity and the problems, but we have a very good trading relationship with UK and that's just been strengthened further.

So with the UK we're continuing our trade and, we are going to actually be increasing it very substantially as time goes by. We expect that the UK will be very, very substantially increased as it relates to trade with the United States, the relationship there also is very good.

We have a lot of great announcements having to do with Syria and our success with the eradication of the caliphate. And that'll be announced over the next 24 hours. And many other things. A lot of positive things are going on.

We're working on a -- a summit, and you know all about the summit. It'll be in Vietnam, Hanoi, and we will -- we'll be meeting at Hanoi, I think a lot of you will be going, I suspect. And I hope we have the same good luck as we had in the first summit. A lot was done in the first summit. No more rockets going up, no more missiles going up, no more testing of nuclear -- get back our remains, the remains of our great heroes from the Korean War. And we got back our hostages.

But we hope are going to be very much equally as successful. I'm in no rush for speed. We just don't want testing. The sanctions, as you know, remain. Everything is remaining. China's been helping us and Russia's been helping us, and South Korea, I think you can say, has been -- we've been working very closely with South Korea, with Japan -- but China, Russia on the border, have really been at least partially living up to what they're supposed to be doing and that's okay, as per the United Nations.

So we will have a meeting on the 27th and 28th of February. And I think that will be a very successful, and I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim. We have also established a very good relationship which has never happened between him or his family and the United States. They have really taken advantage of the United States, billions of dollars has been paid to them, and we -- we won't let that happen but we think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have a tremendous potential as an economic force, economic power. Their location between South Korea and then Russia, and China, right smack in the middle is phenomenal. And we think they have a great chance for tremendous economic prosperity in the future. So I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim in Vietnam.

Today, I'm announcing several critical actions that my administration is taking to confront a problem that we have right here at home. We fight wars that are 6,000 miles a war, wars that we should've never been in in many cases. But we don't control our own border.

So we're going to confront the national security crisis on our Southern border, and we're going to do it one way or the other. We have to do it. Not because it was a campaign promise, which it is. It was one of many, by the way. Not my only one. We're rebuilding the military, our economy is thriving like never before. You look at other economies. They're doing terribly and we're doing phenomenally.

The market is up tremendously today -- not that there's anything but -- you know, because I'll go back in and they'll say the market, oh, just went down. But the market is getting close to the new highs that we created. We -- we have all the records. We have every record, but we're getting close to that point again where we'll create new records. So our country is doing very well economically and we've done a lot.

But one of the things I said I have to do, and I want to do, is border security because we have tremendous amounts of drugs flowing into our country -- much of it coming from the Southern border.

When you look and when you listen to politicians -- in particular, certain Democrats -- they say it all comes through the port of entry. It's wrong. It's wrong. It's just a lie. It's all a lie. They say walls don't work. Walls work 100 percent.

Whether it's El Paso -- I -- I really was smiling because the other night I was in El Paso, we had a tremendous crowd -- a tremendous crowd -- and I asked the people, many of whom were from El Paso but they came from all over Texas -- and I asked them, I said, let me ask you the -- as a crowd, when the wall went up, was it better? You -- you were there, some of you. It was not only better, it was like 100 percent better. You know what they did. But that's only one example. There are so many examples.

In El Paso, they have close to 2,000 murders right on the other side of the wall. And they had 23 murders. It's a lot of murders. But it's not close to 2,000 murders. Right on the other side of the wall in Mexico. So everyone knows that walls work. And there are better examples than El Paso, frankly. You just take a look almost everywhere.

Take a look at Israel. They're building another wall. Their wall is 99.9 percent effective, they told me. 99.9 percent. That's what it would be with us, too. The only weakness is, they go to a wall in and go around the wall. They go around the wall and in. Okay? That's what it is. Very simple.

And a big majority of the big drugs, the big drug loads, don't go through ports of entry. They can't go through ports of entry. You can't take big loads because you have people. We have some very capable people. The Border Patrol, law enforcement looking.

You can't take human traffic -- women and girls -- you can't to take them through ports of entry. You can't have them tied up in the backseat of a car or a truck or a van. They open the door, they look. They can't see three women with tape on their mouth, or three women whose hands are tied. They go through areas where you have no wall. Everybody knows that. Nancy knows it. Chuck knows it. They all know it. It's all a big lie, it's a big con game.

You don't have to be very smart to know -- you put up a barrier, the people come in and that's it. They can't do anything unless they walk left or right and they find an area where there's no barrier and they come into the United States. Welcome.

We've detained more people -- our border agents are doing such incredible work. Our military has been incredible. We put up barbed wire on top of certain old walls that were there. We fixed the wall and we loaded up with barbed wire. It's very successful. But our military's been fantastic. I want to thank them. And it's very necessary.

We've broken up two caravans that are on their way. They just are breaking they're -- they're in the process of breaking up. We have another one that we haven't been able to break up yet. We've been actually working with Mexico much better than ever before. I want to thank the president. I want to thank Mexico. They have their own problems. They have the largest number of murders that they've ever had in their history -- almost 40,000 murders. 40,000. And they've got to straighten that out and I think they will, but I just want to thank the president because he's been helping us with these monstrous caravans that have been coming up. We had one that was up to over 15,000 people. It's largely broken up. Others have gotten through and in Tijuana, you have a lot of people staying there. If we didn't have the wall up and if we didn't have the wall secured and strengthened, they would've walked right through -- they'd be welcomed to the United States.

One of the things we've saved -- just a tremendous amount on -- would be sending the military. If we had a wall, we don't need the military because we'd have a wall.

So I'm going to be signing a national emergency and it's been signed many times before. It's been signed by other presidents. From 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power. There's rarely been a problem. They sign it. Nobody cares. I guess they weren't very exciting. But nobody cares. They signed it for far less important things, in some cases -- in many cases.

We're talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs. We have some of the greatest people here, I know -- they've been with me from the beginning of my campaign, almost from the first week -- the Angel moms. Unfortunately, we have new Angel moms.

One incredible woman just showed me her daughter who -- we're talking about killed -- in the year of 18. I said, I haven't seen you before. She said, no, I'm new. I said, that's too bad. It's too bad. It's so sad. Stand up, just for a second. Show how beautiful your girl was. Thank you.

I have such respect for these people. Angel moms, Angel dads, Angel families -- I have great respect for these people. These are great people. These are great people. They're fighting for their children that are being killed by the people that were illegally in this country. And the press doesn't cover them. They don't want to, incredibly. And they're not treated the way they should be. They're fighting for other people because they don't want -- what happened to their children or a husband, or anybody.

We have one young lady whose husband -- please, stand up, Jasmine -- was just killed in Maryland. Incredible man, just killed. Beautiful children won't be seeing their father again. These are brave people. These are people that are -- they don't have to be here. They don't have to be doing this. They're doing it for other people. So I just want to thank all of you for being here, okay? I really do. I want to thank you. Incredible people.

Last year, 70,000 Americans were killed -- at least -- I think the number is ridiculously low -- by drugs, including meth and heroin and cocaine, fentanyl.

Now, one of the things that I did with President Xi in China when I met him in Argentina at a summit -- before I even started talking about the trade -- it was a trade meeting -- went very well, but before I talked about trade, I talked about something more important. I said, listen, we have tremendous amounts of fentanyl coming into our country. Kills tens of thousands of people. I think far more than anybody registers. "And I'd love you to declare it a lethal drug and put it on your criminal list." And their criminal list is much tougher than our criminal list.

Their criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called the death penalty. Our criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called, how about a fine. And when I asked President Xi, I said, "You have a drug problem?" "No, no, no." I said, "You have 1.4 billion people. What do you mean you have no drug problem?" "No, we don't have a drug problem." "Death penalty." "We give death penalty to people that sell drugs." End of problem.

What do we do? We set up a blue ribbon committees, lovely men and women -- they sit around the table, they have lunch, they eat, they dine, and they waste a lot of time. So if we want to get smart, we can get smart. You can end the drug problem. You could end it a lot faster than you think. But President Xi's agreed to put fentanyl on his list of deadly, deadly drugs, and it's a criminal penalty and the penalty is death. So that's, frankly, one of the things I'm most excited about in our trade deal -- you want to know the truth.

I think maybe there's no more important point -- we're going to make billions of dollars with this trade deal, it's going to be great for our country and great for China, I hope. Their market's down close to 40 percent. Our market's way up. We've picked up, since my election, trillions of dollars of worth -- trillions, many trillions. And China's lost trillions of dollars. But I want it to be good for China and I wanted to be good for the United States. So we'll see what happens.

China's coming here next week, by the way. They're coming home -- the traders. And then China's coming here next week, and then I'll be meeting with President Xi at some point after that to maybe for some remaining deals, we'll make them directly, one-on-one ourselves.

So, we're going to be signing today and registering national emergency. And it's a great thing to do because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people. And it's unacceptable. And by signing the national emergency, something signed many times by other presidents -- many, many times.

President Obama -- in fact, we may be using one of the national emergencies that he signed having to do with cartels, criminal cartels. It's a very good emergency that he signed and we're going to use parts of it in our dealings on cartels. So that would be a second national emergency, but in that case it's already in place.

And what we want -- really want to do is simple. It's not like it's complicated. It's very simple. We want to stop drugs from coming into our country. We want to stop criminals and gangs from coming into our country. Nobody's done the job that we've ever done. I mean, nobody's done the job that we've ever done on the border.

And in a way, what I did by creating such a great economy, and if the opposing party got in, this economy would be down the tubes. You know, I hear a lot of people say, oh, well, but maybe the previous administration -- let me tell you -- the previous administration, it was heading south and it was going fast. We would've been down the tubes. The regulations were strangling our country. Unnecessary regulations. By creating such a strong economy, you just look at your televisions or see what's going on today, it's through the roof.

What happens is, more people want to come. So we have far more people trying to get into our country today than probably we've ever had before. And we've done an incredible job in stopping them, but it's a massive number of people. If we had the wall, it would be very easy. We would make up for the cost of the wall just in the cost of the fact that I would be able to have fewer people. We wouldn't need all of this incredible talent, some of whom are sitting in the first row. You wouldn't need all of this incredible talent. We would get -- we would get thousands of law enforcement people, including Border Patrol -- you put them in different areas, you have been doing different things -- law enforcement or Border Patrol.

And I want to thank law enforcement and I want to thank Border Patrol and I want to thank ICE. ICE is abused by the press and by the Democrats. And by the way, we're going to be taking care of ICE. You know, we talk about the -- the new bill. We're going to be taking care of ICE. They wanted to get rid of ICE. And the bill is just the opposite of that. A lot of good things happened. So that's the story.

We want to have a safe country. I ran on a very simple slogan -- "Make America Great Again." If you're going to have drugs pouring across the border, if you're going to have human traffickers pouring across the border in areas where we have no protection, in areas where we don't have a barrier, then, very hard to make America great again. But we've done a fantastic job, but we haven't been given the equipment. We haven't been given the walls.

And in the bill, by the way, they didn't even fight us on most of this stuff -- ports of entry -- we have so much money we don't know what to do with it. I don't know what to do with all the money they're giving us. It's crazy. The only place they don't want to give us much money, $1,375 billion -- sounds like a lot, but it's not so much, although we're putting it to much better use than it used to be -- lot of the past administrations, they had -- it was easy to get and they didn't build or they didn't do what they could've done. It would've been great. It would've been great to have done it earlier but I was a little new to the job, a little new to the profession. And we had a little disappointment for the first year and a half. People that should've stepped up did not step up. They didn't step up and they should have. Would've been easy. Not that easy, but it would've been a lot easier. But some people didn't step up. But we're stepping up now.

So we have a chance of getting close to $8 billion, whether it's $8 billion or $2 billion or $1.5 billion, it's going to build a lot of wall. We're getting it done. We're right now in construction with wall in some of the most important areas and we've renovated a tremendous amount of wall. Making it just as good as new. That's where a lot of the money has been spent on renovation. In fact, we were restricted to renovating, which is okay. But we're going to run out of areas that we could renovate pretty soon. So -- and we need new wall.

So I want to thank everybody for being here. I want to thank in particular the Angel moms and dads for being here. Thank you very much. We have great respect for you. The real country, our real country -- the people that really love our country -- they love you. So I just want you to know that. I know how hard you fight and I know how hard a fight you're having.

I also want to thank all of the law enforcement for the job you do. Believe me, our country loves you and they respect you greatly. And we're giving you a lot of surplus. We're giving you surplus military equipment, which a lot of people didn't like giving previous to this administration. But hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus equipment, and as we get it, as you know, we send it down and you have much better protection. But I really appreciate you being here.

So the -- the order is signed and I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office. And we will have a national emergency and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the Ninth Circuit even though it shouldn't be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we'll get another bad ruling, and then we'll end up in the Supreme Court and hopefully we'll get a fair shake and we'll win in the Supreme Court just like the ban. They sued us in the Ninth Circuit and we lost, and then we lost in the Appellate Division, and then we went to the Supreme Court and we won.

And it was very interesting because yesterday, they were talking about the ban. Because we have a ban. It's very helpful, Madam Secretary. Is that right? Without the ban, we'd have a bigger problem. We have a ban on certain areas, certain countries depending on what's going on in the world. And we won, but somebody said, "President Trump lost on the ban." Well, he was right. I lost at the lower court. He didn't say that we ultimately won at the United States Supreme Court. They don't want to say that. They don't want to go that far.

They were saying how I lost -- the person sitting right up here. "Donald Trump lost on the ban." Yeah, I did. And then I lost a second time. You should've said that, too. And then I went to the Supreme Court and I won. Didn't want to take it that far. But we won on the ban and we want another things, too.

The -- probably easiest one to win is on declaring a national emergency, because we're declaring it for virtual invasion purposes -- drugs, traffickers and gangs. And one of the things, just to finish -- we have removed thousands of MS-13 gang monsters. Thousands. They're out of this country. We take them out by the thousands. And they are monsters.

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