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TRUMP: "We are having some very good times in our country. We are doing very well, except for the border... Something will happen [to end the shutdown], I hope. Otherwise, we will go about in a different manner. I don't think we will have to do, but you never know."
Trump offer gore porn: "Human trafficking. It really hits a nerve, talking about, in many cases, women & children grabbed, thrown into backseat of a car or thrown into a van, w/no windows, no form of air. Tape put across their mouths, and they are brought across the border."
TRUMP: "Human trafficking cannot be stopped if we don't have a steel barrier or a concrete wall, something very powerful. It cannot be stopped...It doesn't mean a thing if they're going to be driving women & children through sections of border where nobody is, where you can't be"
TRUMP: "They say [a wall] is a medieval solution. It's medieval, b/c it works. Israel put up a wall, 99% successful according to Bibi Netanyahu. He came into my office & said 'what's with the wall? We put up a wall. It was 99.9% successful.' I said you mind if I use that number?"
REPORTER: Mr president, what do you say to federal workers who are now working w/o pay?

TRUMP: "I think they have been terrific. They're terrific patriots. A lot of them agree w/what I'm doing... the people out there want something to happen at our southern border."
REPORTER: But these people are going w/o paychecks. They can't wait for a comprehensive immigration bill.

TRUMP: "If you take a look at social media, so many of those people are
saying 'it's very hard for me & my family, but POTUS, you're doing the right thing. Get it done.'"
TRUMP: "I have the absolute right to do a national emergency if I want... my threshold will be if I can't make a deal with people that are unreasonable."

(The way Trump frames the issue certainly doesn't make it sound like an actual emergency...)
Trump belittles @jonkarl, tells him, "I watch your one-sided reporting...seriously, Jon, do you think I should just sign [funding bills w/o the wall]?...because if you would do that, you should never be in this position. Because you'd never get anything done." #civility
Trump tries to gaslight people: "I don't think Democrats have great support because they all know we need border security. We need to have people stop being killed at our border and the Democrats are losing a lot of support. Last night was a big victory for the Republicans."
TRUMP: "We will have border security. Tremendous Republican support, & I think we're going to win."

Says the shutdown will last as long as necessary for him to get his way.

"The people know we need border security."
After meeting w/GOP senators, Trump describes the Republican Party as "very, very unified" and says "Republicans want border security, they want national security, they want to have a steel barrier or a wall of concrete, they don't care. But I'll use any term they want."
Trump says he "may do" national emergency, then immediately undercuts his case for declaring one: "If Chuck & Nancy... if they don't agree to the fact that our country really has problems w/crime, with drugs, with a lot of other's a bad issue for the Democrats."
Asked if any Republicans are urging him to end the shutdown, Trump says "they're with us all the way," then abruptly pivots to attacking the media.

"The fake news is the fake news," he says.
TRUMP seems to think he still hasn't taken office: "The only reason they're against it [the wall] is because I won the presidency, and they think they can try and hurt us *going into the presidency*, but that's not going to happen."
REPORTER: "Illegal immigration at the border has gone dow--"

TRUMP: "You know why it's gone down? Because of good management. Because of me and my people... we can never do a great job, unless we have a wall or a barrier."
Trump accidentally gives up the game about his "national emergency," admits the whole thing is about politics…
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