VIDEO: Trump Inspects Wall In California

San Diego, California

12:59 P.M. PDT

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THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, Secretary Nielsen; Acting Commissioner McAleenan; and the incredible Border Patrol agents, CBP officers who are doing an amazing job; ICE agents and officers, who I know so many of you.

Every day, criminals and tariffs try to infiltrate our country. You got a good glimpse of it before. We did it together, with the media, frankly. I didn’t know we were going to be doing that, but you got, really, maybe a far better glimpse than you’re going to get right now.

But the border wall is truly our first line of defense, and it’s probably, if you think about it, our first and last, other than the great ICE agents and other people — moving people out. It will save thousands and thousands of lives, save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals. The wall will save hundreds of billions of dollars — many, many times what it’s going to cost.

We must also close the deadly loopholes exploited by smugglers and traffickers. And we’re in that area. We’re in one of the many areas along the border where we have that problem. And we have to confront the dangerous sanctuary cities, which you’ve been all hearing so much about.

California sanctuary policies put the entire nation at risk. They’re the best friend of the criminal. That’s what exactly is happening. The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities, and it’s very dangerous for our police and enforcement folks.

The smugglers, the traffickers, the gang members, they’re all taking refuge, and I think a lot of people in California understand that. A lot of people from a lot of other places understand it, and they don’t want sanctuary cities.

These policies release dangerous criminal offenders to prey on innocent people and nullify the federal law. They’re threatening the security and the safety of the people of our country. In the upcoming omnibus budget bill, Congress must fund the border wall and prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country and the people of our country. We must enforce our laws and protect our people.

And I have to say, law enforcement — ICE, Border Patrol — all of the people that have been so good to me for so long, they’re really doing a job. But our job — and I think we all understand the job would be a lot easier if we weren’t protecting criminals in the sanctuary cities. We had a great talk about it inside.

Cooperation with Mexico is another crucial element of border security. DHS coordinates closely with the Mexican law enforcement, and we must absolutely build on that cooperation. Both countries recognize the need to stem the cross-border flow of illegal weapons, drugs, people, and cash.

I have a great relationship with the President of Mexico, a wonderful guy — Enrique. Terrific guy. We’re working — we’re trying to work things out. We’ll see whether or not it happens. I don’t know that it’s going to happen. He’s a very good negotiator. He loves the people of Mexico, and he’s working very hard. We’ll see what happens.

But we have to, obviously, have a couple of disagreements before we get there. You’ll see over the next month whether or not it takes place in this administration, meaning his administration. They have an election coming up. I hear they have some very good people running, and they have some that maybe aren’t so good. In any event, we’ll handle it.

I want to again thank everyone for being here today, and I want to again call on Congress to deliver a budget that protects our homeland and properly funds all of our law enforcement needs. I want to thank the Secretary. I want to thank ICE and the Border Patrol agents for their incredible work and their incredible bravery. I want to thank all of law enforcement on the border. It’s a dangerous job. It’s a tough job. And if you didn’t have even these remnant walls — we call them remnant; they’ve been here for a long time — people don’t say that. But they’ve been here for a long time. If you didn’t have them, you would have crime in numbers that far surpass the numbers that you see today.

We’ve cut down, and way down, on crossings — border crossings — because of the job that the Border Patrol does. And the ones that get through, we’ve gotten out. MS-13, we’re taking them out by the thousands. But we don’t want them here in the first place. We don’t want them to come in.

So this was really a day where we look at the different prototypes of the wall. You’ve seen them. The media has seen them. And some work very well; some don’t work so well. When we build, we want to build the right thing.

Interestingly, the ones that work the best aren’t necessarily the most expensive — something I like about that ring.

So I want to thank everybody for being here. I want to thank, frankly, the media for being here. And we’ll let the people of our country know that we need safety, we need security at the border, and we’re getting it like we’ve never had it before. But we want to make it perfecto.

Thank you all very much. And thank you. Thank you, folks, very much. Thank you.

Secretary, you want to say something?

SECRETARY NIELSEN: Just quickly, just to thank the President so much for his continued leadership. As he says, CBP and ICE both put their lives on the line every day to protect our country. For that, I’m forever grateful, both as — to serve as Secretary, but also as an American. And we will build this wall.

So thank you for coming out today. We’re building up a toolkit based on what we’ve learned from the research and development on the prototypes. And we look forward to breaking ground very soon, and securing our country.

So thank you again to the President for his continued leadership.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

Q Will you veto a bill with no punishment for sanctuary cities?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to see. We’re going to look at it. We’re looking at it very, very strongly. Sanctuary cities are protecting a horrible group of people, in many cases — criminals. And what happened, as an example, in Oakland was a disgrace to our nation. And we just can’t let that happen.

Thank you very much.

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1:05 P.M. PDT

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Bj Barkley
Bj Barkley
6 years ago

We need that wall we don’t have two party what can we just come together on this wall everyone on both sides know we need this while we have had two that been kill for come do ther dirty deeds then go back come back over and over why can’t do this let get I done

Richard Boyle
Richard Boyle
6 years ago

Gotta keep those murdering, thieving, dope dealing Mexicans out — this is what the Pres really means. I wonder if he will use only white Americans to build this stupid wall which is, of course, a monument to Donald Trump. It will cost billions of dollars; but those monies can always be taken from things like medical care, food assistance, schools.

pleazzer
pleazzer
5 years ago
Reply to  Richard Boyle

It costs BILLIONS more in the welfare sucked out of our coffers. Not to mention the amount of drugs, human SLAVE trade going on and the cost to those assaulted by illegal’s. The Lame Stream Media stopped announcing when it was an illegal that committed crimes, obama was all for that too. But trying to say it is just Mexicans is a pretty dump statement not to mention the number of people we know nothing about. How many terrorist crossed our border last year? How many of them are working on bombing more buildings in cities? Until that can be answered and stopped you will never know what others suffered and will at the hands of those that just want to do harm and greedy scum who do not care how many women they rape on the way across the border, turn out as prostitutes for their bank accounts. At least now we have a President that backs his word with action. Unlike obama and Bush. I won’t even bring up mr. rape-o himself (Bill Clinton)!!

Gary and Patricia Feverston
Gary and Patricia Feverston
6 years ago

Thank you President Trump – another promise you campaigned on and you are going to make it happen. We need to protect our country and the wall being constructed on the Mexican border is necessary…

C Dawson
C Dawson
6 years ago

Well, where is the photos of the wall? I did not see any photos of ay of the walls in this article or in the video.

sam
sam
6 years ago
Reply to  C Dawson

Me neither Dawson. Which sample was the pick ? Start building it ASAP .

AmericaWakeUpNow
AmericaWakeUpNow
6 years ago

A google search shows all the different types of “the Wall” proposed.

Dennis
Dennis
6 years ago

I’m thrilled with what President Trump is attempting to do, to bring America back to it’s full glory! What a great President, he’s a worker all the time, he has passion and completes things, unlike most elected politicians that are 99% WINDBAGS, 1% posers for the media! LMAO Go Donald, we love you!

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

Being the most expensive doesn’t mean its structure is the best. I really like hearing that rationale statement. We sure made the right choice in electing Donald Trump to the presidency. Been reading comments that Hillary is still whining since her pirate status is being destroyed.

Verona Ewing
Verona Ewing
6 years ago

Thank you (my) Mr. Donald Trump——-PRESIDENT—–for LOVING this wonderful United States of America !!! GOD BLESS YOU AND PROTECT you and YOUR FAMILY

GLENN MAKUCH
GLENN MAKUCH
6 years ago

THIS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT TO EVER BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND PROTECTING OUR NATION FROM TERRORIST, CRIMINALS, DRUGS LORDS POURING IN THIS GREAT NATION, AND KILLING THE GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE. OUR LORD HAS ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS. EVERYONE PACK YOUR BAGS AND GET THE HELL OUT. NO MORE FREE TAX PAYER AMERICAN DOLLARS, WHILE US AMERICAN LIVE IN POVERTY. WHILE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GET FREE HOUSING, FREE WELFARE, FREE SOCIAL SECURITY, FREE MEDICARE, FREE TAX FREE LOANS, FREE FOODSTAMPS, FREE CLOTHES, FREE SHELTERS, THEY GET EVERYTHING WHILE THEY NEVER PAID A DIME INTO THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. WE HAVE LAWS AND ORDER THANKS TO THE GREATEST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS EVER SEEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THIS PRESIDENT IS A SAINT COMPARED TO CROOKED HILLARY… SO PEOPLE WAKEUP AND SMELL THE COFFEE…

raginrick
raginrick
6 years ago
Reply to  GLENN MAKUCH

PERFECT

Verona Ewing
Verona Ewing
6 years ago

Glenn: You said every thing that I also feel—–we need MORE out spoken/feelings

FRANK KILLEN
FRANK KILLEN
6 years ago

I AM IMPRESSED AT THE ATTITUDE OUR GREAT PRESIDENT HAS, HE EXHIBITS MORE CONCERN FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR NATION THAN ANY OF OUR PRESIDENTS. PRESIDENTS ARE SWORN TOO UPHOLD OUR LAWS AND DEFEND OUR NATION! I AM PERSONALLY CONVINCED THAT THE CLINTON’S AND OBAMA WERE NOT CONCERNED IN PRESERVING OUR FREEDOM AND SAVING OUR LIBERTY ! ESPECIALLY AFTER THE RECENT NEWS THAT AS A NATION OUR PRESIDENT’S WERE SELLING OUR SECRETS AND PLANS THAT WOULD PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AND NATION! WE ARE CURRENTLY AT ACTIVE WAR IN PLACES OF THE WORLD. REVELING OUR SECRETS AND FAILING TOO PROTECTING OUR NATIONS AND OUR CITIZENS IS REALLY “TREASON ! DURING WAR TIME THAT WOULD BE A PENALTY THAT WOULD RESULT IN BEING “HANGED” SHOT BY A FIRING SQUAUD !

FRANK KILLEN
FRANK KILLEN
6 years ago

see above! as stated!

Nolin Briley
Nolin Briley
6 years ago

Thank you, President Trump, for doing what you are doing, something that should have been done long ago!! The vermin who are protecting these vermins should, themselves, be locked up for aiding & abetting our enemies!!

cc
cc
6 years ago

As an aside, anyone who tries to climb over gives our border agents some target practice………….

JOE
JOE
6 years ago

I FEEL THE WALL, AT THE PRICE, IS NOT THE ANSWER. PERHAPS ILIMINATING ALL THE FREEBYS FOR PAST AND PRESENT LEGAL AND ELEGALS WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH CHEAPER, IMMEDIATE, AND INSTANT. BOY, WITH THAT SAVINGS, YOU COULD BUILD THE WALL AND THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO AND OTHERS LEADERS WOULD NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PICKING UP THE TAB. JUST A THOUGHT, NO OFFENCE !

Jagan N.
Jagan N.
6 years ago

USA needs a southern wall to protect Citizens of a great country. Thank you Mr. president, we pray to God to give you good health. Please take care.

WALTER FLATT
WALTER FLATT
6 years ago

ANYTHING OBAMA OPENED HIS MOUTH HE WAS ON EVERY NEWS MEDIA, TODAY TRUMP WAS IN OHIO AND GAVE OUT NEWS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON EVERY NET WORK. IT WAS NOT, ONLY OAN AND FOX CARRIED HIS SPEECH. IF ALL NETWORKS HAD TUNED IN, HIS RATINGS WOULD BE OVER 90. I BELIEVE THE BIASED NEWS IS WANTING A WAR BETWEEN RUSSIA, OR CHINA AND THE USA. I REALLY DO NOT SEE HOW PEOPLE CAN BE SO STUPID. ALL THE MOUTHS ON TV WILL TELL YOU WHAT SHOULD BE DONE AND THE HAVE NO CLUE, IT WOULD BE BEST TO BE LIKE OAN AND JUST REPORT NEWS.

WALTER FLATT
WALTER FLATT
6 years ago

WHY WOULD YOU SAY IT LOOKS LIKE I HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT, WHEN I HAD NOT. IS IT BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE BIASED NEWS AND MY DEMOCRAT PARTY IS TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICA. I AM A VET, A CHRISTIAN AND BORN IN AMERICA.

WALTER FLATT
WALTER FLATT
6 years ago

WATCH THE WALL GET BUILT WITH OR WITHOUT ANY OTHER BILLS. TRUMP HAS OUT SMARTED THE INTIRE THINK THEY ARE SMART SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES. WATCH IT HAPPEN. IF NOTHING ELSE, HE CAN GIVE GOOD TRAINING FOR THE ARMY ENGINEERS, THEY CAN BUILD THE WALL A LOT CHEEPER THAN ANYONE AND THEY HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE.

Robert Gagliardi
Robert Gagliardi
6 years ago

I don’t believe that the Mexican people are any worse than we in the USA are.I believe they have less opportunity than we do and so look forward to coming to the USA.We need to make each person in the USA to be accountable for themselves.Not illegals,taking My benefits that I worked so hard for.I feel let them in our country to work to learn to be Fruitful.Not FREE Stuff.

Alan
Alan
5 years ago

BUILD THAT WALL!!! We must have it to block the illegals. Then we can selectively admit the desirable ones.

Clint
Clint
5 years ago

I can always tell when we have a new illegal on the job site. They don’t sit in the port-a-potty, they squat. Sheetrock footprints by the seat. And they throw the used T.p. on the floor….

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