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TRUMP: "I don't think we have ever seen unity like this in the Republican Party. The media, which I call the opposition party, in coordination with the Democrats, they are not talking about the Democrats folding... I don't think there will be any break away [among Republicans]."
TRUMP: "I'm a professional at technology."
TRUMP: "When during the campaign I would say Mexico is going to pay for [the wall], obviously I never meant they are going to write out a check. I said they are are going to pay for it. They are. They are paying for it w/the incredible [unapproved] deal we made called the USMCA."
WOW -- Trump says he finds China "in many ways to be far more honorable than crying Chuck [Schumer] and Nancy [Pelosi]."

"I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party."
REPORTER: If this is a national emergency, why haven't you delcared it?

TRUMP: "Because I would like to do the deal through Congress and because it makes sense to do it through Congress. But the easy route is for me call a national emergency and do it."
Trump says he will "100 percent" declare a national emergency if Congress doesn't make a deal with him to fund the border wall
REPORTER: Mr President, there are pictures this morning showing steel barrier wall being sawed right through. What good is it?

TRUMP: "Well, that's a wall that was designed by previous administrations. There is nothing that can't be penetrated, but you fix it."
TRUMP urges reporters to give Democrats "Pinocchios" because he says he did not in fact pound on a table during his failed meeting on Wednesday with Dem leaders.

"I didn't smash the table. I should have but I didn't smash the table."
Trump says he thinks "there is far more pressure" on Democrats than him to end the shutdown because "the people of our country want security."
Asked about "human pain" being felt by govt workers who aren't getting paid, Trump pivots to blood libel against immigrants: "You know has more human pain? The parents of people who had children killed by an illegal immigrants who shouldn't be in the country."

Also bashes NBC
TRUMP: "The Democrats, which I've been saying all along, they don't give a damn about crime... They don't care about gang members coming in and stabbing people and cutting people up."
TRUMP berates assembled media: "Look, you can all play cute, and I say 80% of you are possibly in cooperation with the opposition party. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous."

"Here's the story: there is another major caravan forming right now in Honduras."
TRUMP: "The buck stops with everybody."

"The Democrats don't care about crime. They've been taken over by a group of young people that frankly, in some cases, I think they're crazy."
REPORTER: How much longer is the shutdown going to last?

TRUMP: "We have to get a win or I'll have to go national security... we could compromise, or I will declare a national emergency."
Trump says he "didn't know anything" about his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, sharing polling data with a person connected to Russian intelligence
TRUMP: "I'm a professional at technology."

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