Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump has a meeting to discuss human trafficking at border

Trump has a meeting to discuss human trafficking at border

Congress launched a super committee on border security this week, the latest stage of a long debate over one of Trump's biggest 2016 campaign promises, a concrete border wall he once said Mexico would pay for.

In the interview with CBS Face the Nation, the president attempted to portray the shutdown that ended last month without funding for his wall as a victory over Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker.

"I'm not waiting for this committee and I've told a lot of people I don't expect much coming out of the committee because I keep hearing the words that 'We'll give you what you want but we're not going to give you a wall, '" Trump said. "I think there's a good chance we'll have to do that", the president told reporters during an extended pool spray of a meeting on human trafficking.

Democrats and left-leaning groups, however, also said a national emergency would bring immediate legal challenges.

"I think she [Pelosi] is very bad for our country", Trump said.

Trump's enormous haul in the fourth quarter came even as the Republican Party lost its majority in the House during the November midterm, and as Trump's demand for a wall at the US-Mexico border led to a partial shutdown of the federal government and sagging presidential approval ratings.

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"She knows that you need a barrier", he said.

"It's very hard to do human trafficking through ports of entry because you have people standing there saying hey what's going on in the backseat, what's going on in the trunk". The President said his lawyers have been reassured by the departing Deputy-Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he was not a target.

The prospect of Trump using a national emergency declaration to build his wall has divided Republicans, with a number of them expressing concerns about the precedent that such a move would set.

"We will be looking at a national emergency, because I don't think anything is going to happen". I happen to think it's very bad politics because basically she wants open borders.

"Together we can break decades of political stalemate", Trump plans to say, according to an excerpt of his prepared remarks offered by a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The official said he was instructed not to say whether any other specific countries would be mentioned.

"We're building it with funds that are on hand. They know they work", he said. Trump said his aversion to letting his son play football is because "it's a unsafe sport and I think it's really tough".

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