Transcript President Trump MCCA speech: Border wall being ‘designed right now’ ‘I wasn’t kidding’
President Trump said his proposed wall along the Southern border of the United States is currently in the design phase during his speech to law enforcement officials at the Major Cities Chiefs Association Winter Conference in Washington D.C.
“The wall is getting designed right now,” Trump confirmed, pointing out people claiming that he was “only kidding” on the campaign trail to build a “big and beautiful”: “I wasn’t kidding. I don’t kid. I don’t kid,” he said, describing the wall as a great tool to help reduce drugs and crime coming over the border.
Some Trump supporters point to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaling his support for the wall, calling it a “great idea.”
“President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration,” he wrote on Twitter. “Great success. Great idea.”
TRANSCIPT VIA THE HILL
Thank you very much. This is — great to be with people I truly feel comfortable with. Please sit down. They’ll say I didn’t get a standing ovation because they never sat down. And I say, I got one standing ovation because they never sat down.
But I want to thank you. I have great, great love for what you do and the way you do it. And when I’m with the police chiefs and I’m with the sheriffs of our country — and these are the big ones. These are the really big ones. I just want to thank you very much. And I thought before I spoke about what we’re really here to speak about, I would read something to you. Because you can be a lawyer, or you don’t have to be a lawyer; if you were a good student in high school or a bad student in high school, you can understand this.
And it’s really incredible to me that we have a court case that’s going on so long. As you know, in Boston, we won it with a highly respected judge and a very strong opinion, but now we’re in an era that, let’s just say, they are interpreting things differently than probably 100 percent of the people in this room. I’d like to almost know, does anybody disagree when I read this.
But I’m going to read what’s in dispute, what’s in question. And you will see this — it’s INA 212(f) 8 U.S.C. 1182(f): “Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by the President” — okay, now, this isn’t just me, this is for Obama, for Ronald Reagan, for the President. And this was done, very importantly, for security — something you people know more about than all of us. It was done for the security of our nation, the security of our citizens, so that people come in who aren’t going to do us harm.