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Before departing White House for Camp David, Trump tells reporters, "we have to build the wall or we have to build the barrier. The barrier or the wall can be of steel instead of concrete, if that helps people. It may be better [for the domestic steel industry]."
TRUMP: "I intend to call head of US Steel & a couple other of our great steel companies to have them come up w/a plate or design of a beautiful steel product, which we now make here, & we'll use that as our barrier"

Asserts that "many" fed workers agree w/him that wall is needed
TRUMP on federal workers who are missing paychecks: "I can relate, & I'm sure the people on the receiving end will make adjustments -- they always do... but many of those people that won't be receiving a paycheck agree 100% with what I'm doing."
TRUMP: "I may declare a national emergency, dependent on what's going to happen over next few days...over the course of, if you go back to the year 2000, we have thousands of people that have been killed by illegal immigration, by ppl coming into the country illegally & killing."
Trump offers gore porn about human trafficking: "They come in, they nab women, they grab 'em, they put tape over their mouth, they tie their hands & they take them to another country & go right over that border. If we had a wall, or an equivalent, they wouldn't be able to do it."
TRUMP: "I think that the Democrats want to make a deal -- I really do, I feel that. We'll call it something different [than a wall]."

Goes on to offer his familiar lies about "a lot of work" already being done on the wall.
Trump: Illegal immigration is actually "my fault" because "I've created such a great economy that people are pouring in to try and get jobs."
Trump says "nobody understands how well our economy is doing," then immediately shows he doesn't get how tariffs work

"Tariffs have absolutely hurt China. Our country is taking in a lot of $ through tariffs...steel dumping tariffs & others"

(Tariffs are taxes paid by importers)
TRUMP on NORTH KOREA: "I've indirectly spoken with Chairman Kim, & when I came in this country was headed to war w/North Korea, & now we have a very good dialogue going...it's very special...you would right now be in a nice big fat war in Asia w/North Korea if I wasn't elected."
TRUMP on SYRIA withdrawal: "Iran hates ISIS more than we do, if that's possible. Russia hates ISIS more than we do. Turkey hates ISIS, maybe not as much as we do. But these are countries that hate ISIS & they can do a little fighting in their neighborhood"

Won't detail timeline
Trump downplays having numerous officials serving in "acting" capacities in his cabinet: "My 'actings' are doing really great... but I sorta like 'acting.' It gives me more flexibility, do you understand that?"
After threatening shutdown could "go on for a long time," Trump claims that even people who didn't vote for him support a border wall, b/c "they want border security."

(Polling in fact indicates solid majorities both oppose the wall and oppose Trump shutting down govt over it)
REPORTER: What about unpaid federal workers who are calling in sick?

TRUMP: "They have to do what they have to do. But many of those workers agree w/me, & I think there's been very little of that."

Trump adds that "I'm getting credit from the real news for doing a great job."
Back from Camp David, Trump tells reporters, "We'll build a steel barrier. Steel. It'll be made out of steel. It'll be less obtrusive & it'll be stronger."

Asked why Dems would support that, he says, "They don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel. Steel is fine" #delusional
Trump says he thinks federal workers who are missing paychecks "will make an adjustment b/c they want to see the border taken care of."

"They love our country & they want to make sure we have a strong border," he says. "Those people are great Americans, they are great patriots."
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