“I just want to start off by congratulating Nancy Pelosi on being elected Speaker of the House,” he said. “It’s a very very great achievement and hopefully we’re gonna work together, we’re going to get lots of things done like infrastructure and so much more…”
The President then shifted to the border and discussed the support he has received for the work his administration is doing, and praised U.S. Customs and Border Protection and ICE agents.
“We need protection in our country…the people of our country want it. I have never had so much support as I have in the last week over my stance for border security, for border control, and for frankly the wall or the barrier. I’ve never had anything like it in terms of calls coming in, in terms of people writing in and tweeting….”
President Trump introduced the press corps to the President of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, who explained from his own experience, why a border wall is necessary to combat illegal immigration.
“I have been a border patrol agent for 21 years. I can personally tell you from the work that I’ve done on the southwest border that physical barriers, that walls actually work. You hear a lot of talk that there are experts that say that walls don’t work. I promise you that if you interview border patrol agents they will tell you that walls work.”
“I worked in Naco, Arizona for ten years. We didn’t have physical barriers in Naco and illegal immigration and drug smuggling was absolutely out of control. We built those walls, those physical barriers and illegal immigration dropped exponentially. Anywhere that you look where we have built walls, they have worked. They have been an absolute necessity for Border Patrol agents in securing the border.”