President Trump on Thursday held a roundtable discussion on border security and immigration at the US Border Patrol McAllen Station in Texas.
Trump addressed his repeated campaign remark that Mexico was going to pay his long-promised border wall.
“When I say Mexico is going to pay for the wall, that’s what I said, ‘Mexico is going to pay.’ I didn’t say they’re going to write me a check for $20 billion or $10 billion. No one’s going to write a check. I said they are going to pay for the wall,” Trump said.
The President also suggested the wall is “medieval” but not as old as a “wheel.”
“A wheel is older than a wall,” Trump said. “And I looked, and every single car out there, even the really expensive ones that the Secret Service uses, and believe me they are expensive, I said, ‘Do they all have wheels?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh. I thought it was medieval.'”
“They say a wall is medieval. Well, so is a wheel,” Trump said to scattered laughter. “There are some things that work, you know what? A wheel works, and a wall works.”
"They say a wall is medieval—well, so is a wheel," Pres. Trump says at meeting near southern border. "A wheel is older than a wall."
— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2019
Then Trump claimed that a border barrier was necessary to stop the flow of women packed into vans with “electrical tape” over their mouths.
“They drive, they just go where there’s no security,” Trump said. “They just make a left into the United States and they come in and they have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape, usually blue tape as they call it. It’s powerful stuff. Not good. And, they have three, four, five of them in vans or three of them in back seats of cars and they just drive right in.”
“If we had that barrier, they wouldn’t be able to make that turn, they wouldn’t even bother trying,” he added.
TRUMP: "They drive, they just go where there's no security, fencing or walls of any kind, they just make a left into US & they come in and they have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape. Powerful stuff. Not good."
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 10, 2019
Fox News quickly ended their live broadcast of his roundtable discussion after making the remark.