Building a border wall is “moral” and is “not a bad thing” at all — despite what many Democrats would have Americans think, President Donald Trump said Monday night during an exclusive interview that aired on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
The wall “has nothing to do with anything other than safety for the Americans, safety for our people, safety for our country,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“And a wall is a very good thing — not a bad thing. It’s a moral thing, to put it in the opposite terms. And we have tremendous support,” Trump added.
Trump spoke with Ingraham just before taking the stage at his overflow rally in El Paso, Texas — a city just across the border from Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. It was the president’s first campaign-style rally of 2019.
And shortly before the president began the event, reports emerged that congressional lawmakers had reached a tentative “agreement in principle” to prevent the government from partially shutting down again this coming Friday.
The government partially closed on December 22 after Democrats refused to give Trump the necessary $5.7 billion in border wall security funding to protect the country.
After allowing the government to reopen on January 25 without wall funding, Trump warned he would not sign another deal unless it included the border security measures necessary for the country’s safety and protection.
But the new deal lawmakers reached only includes $1.3 billion for barriers along 55 miles of border in the Rio Grande Valley, according to reports.
Although Democrats also wanted to greatly reduce the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds, the compromise deal removed that drastic cap.
“And the Democrats came up with that because that means that you don’t detain people that are very dangerous. That means you have to put them out into our society because our laws are so bad,” Trump said.
“And if you look at what happened and what’s been passed over the years in Congress, it’s a shame. It’s a disgrace. That means we can’t just put them back into Mexico or where they came” from, Trump continued. “We have to put them back into our society. In some cases they’re stone-cold criminals. We can’t do that.”
When Ingraham asked him about the reported deal, Trump replied, “Well, I can tell you that a lot of things have changed and we’ll see what happens.”
“I can’t go into the exact deal. …