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TRUMP: "They drive, they just go where there's no security, fencing or walls of any kind, they just make a left into US & they come in and they have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape. Powerful stuff. Not good."

Fox News quickly cuts away.
TRUMP: "We're gonna build a powerful steel barrier. They didn't want to use concrete. I said OK I'll use steel. It's stronger. It's also more expensive by the way. Now people should be happy. I like it better if you want to know truth, & we'll call it a barrier instead of a wall"
People chuckle at Trump after he claims, "They say a wall is medieval. We'll so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall."

Trump continues: "There are some things that work. You know what? A wheel works and a wall works. Nothing like a wall."
TRUMP highlights murders committed by immigrants: "Nobody talks about how unfair it is to the victims of these brutal killings. And by the way, over the years, there's thousands of them. I don't mean hundreds, I don't mean in the teens, I mean thousands of them."
Trump goes around the room and gives family members of people murdered by immigrants a chance to share their stories.

(Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans.)
.@tedcruz: "Illegal immigration produces tragedies every day."
Law enforcement officials show Trump a bunch of drugs and guns they seized at the border.

Trump says the items "look pretty brutal. This is not a manufactured deal. This is the real stuff."
Trump claims "there was just a big article" in a publication he doesn't name in which "young Democrats just elected to office" say "the position of no barrier or no wall" is "indefensible."

This seems totally made up to me. Does anybody have an idea what he's talking about?
This answers question in my previous tweet
.@SecNielsen fawns over Trump: "What a crisis mandates is a decisive leader w/a vision. That's what you have. You made it clear to Congress what the crisis is...I hope they take a cue from you & decide to be leaders"

"Thank you, secretary. You're doing great job," Trump replies
Trump just makes stuff up, says "They were going to build this wall in 2003, in 2006. They were going to build it 20 years ago. They were going to build it forever."

(No president proposed building a wall along entire border before Trump!)
After the roundtable ends, a guy tries to give Trump his belt buckle & asks him to give it to Barron.

"He's bribing the president!" Trump jokes. "I don't know if this is worth 10 cents or $50,000."
Trump pushes totally fact-free claims about immigrant crime: "As hard as we work and well as we're doing nationwide on crime, a lot of it is caused by people that come in through the southern border."

(Immigrants in fact commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans.)
Ted Cruz really loves Trump's joke about how Border Patrol agents "happen to be very good looking."
TRUMP: "The nice part about the wall or the barrier, is I can have that worked out in 15 minutes -- we can start construction."
REPORTER: If you're considering a broader immigration package right now, doesn't that lessen your case for declaring a national emergency?

TRUMP: No!
Fox News cuts away from Trump roundtable after he describes kidnapping women in disturbing detail vox.com/2019/1/10/1817…
I know we've become numb to it but it is highly abnormal for the president to talk like this. I really can't think of any pre-Trump precedent. vox.com/2019/1/10/1817…
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