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Trump will soon speak to reporters in the Rose Garden. Follow me for a video thread.
Worst pop group ever
Trump still has no clue how tariffs work
wut
Trump is out here talking about "drug-finding equipment." #wut
Trump claims that in California, the government has just finished building "new walls, beautiful walls, steel walls."

Congress has not appropriated a single cent for him to build "new walls." He's untethered from reality.
Trump has deluded himself into believing that Democrats give a damn whether he builds his fake wall with steel or concrete.

He then claims that "some" of the previous presidents have told him that they should've built walls.
TRUMP: "All of this security, if we do what the Democrats want, all of the border things that we'll be building will be done right here in the good ol' USA by steel companies that were practically out of business when I came in to office as president & now they're thriving." #wut
TRUMP: "The southern border is a dangerous, horrible disaster."

(He claimed the border was secure just days ago!!!)
at least their ties are different colors. #diversity
"This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me and they all know it. Some of them have told me that we should have done it."
Trump confirms that he told Pelosi and Schumer that the government shutdown could go on for years. He can't cite a single shred of progress that was made during their meeting.
REPORTER: Why not reopen the government and negotiate afterward?

TRUMP: "We have terrorists coming through the southern border... They drive right through and make a left. Not gonna happen, not gonna happen."
Trump says his demand for $5.6 billion for border security is "firm"
.@HallieJackson: "Are you still proud to 'own' this shutdown?" 🔥🔥🔥

TRUMP: "Well, you know, I appreciate the way you say that, but I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing... you can call whatever you want... it's just words."
Asked about prospect of his own impeachment, Trump says, "You can't impeach somebody that's doing a great job, that's the way I view it. I've probably done more in the first two years than any president, any administration in the history of our country... there was no collusion."
Asked to detail how the USMCA trade deal will result in Mexico paying for the wall, Trump instead goes on a rant about how NAFTA was bad. (He never answers the question.)
Trump admonishes @kaitlancollins, "You're not in the construction business, you don't understand something. We have a rebuilt great steel business in the United States. Steel is stronger than concrete... you can't really see through a concrete wall."
Trump claims, "China is paying us tremendous tariffs."

(China is in fact paying the US no tariffs -- tariffs are taxes paid by importers.)
TRUMP: "Don't forget. Apple makes their products in China. I told Tim Cook, a friend of mine, make your product in the US. Build those big, beautiful plants that go on for miles. Build those plants in the US. I like that even better...China is the biggest beneficiary of Apple."
Trump explains how his government plans to use eminent domain to seize land needed for the border wall. #LimitedGovernment
Trump says he "may" grant himself emergency powers to build the wall.

"It's called a national emergency," he says.
"The wall, you know, it's... it's... great."
Asked once again to detail how Mexico will pay for the wall via the new trade deal (it won't), Trump ends up ranting about... [checks notes] ...gas prices.
Trump preposterously claims that he doesn't think his cabinet members are even aware they're getting a big raise tomorrow, won't commit to asking them to forego it while the government shutdown is ongoing. #DrainTheSwamp
Trump’s bizarre Rose Garden news conference shows why he’s impossible to negotiate with vox.com/policy-and-pol…
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