President Donald Trump emphasized how much he wants a border wall during a Tuesday interview with Politico, a constant catchphrase during his campaign and the possible catalyst of a government shutdown in coming weeks if he can’t get the billions he needs to build it.
“I don’t do anything…just for political gain,” Trump told Politico. “But I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total winner. People look at the border, they look at the rush to the police, they look at the rock throwers and really hurting three people, three very brave border patrol folks — I think that it’s a tremendous issue, but much more importantly, is really needed. So we have to have border security.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan disproved his statement on Tuesday, confirming that there were no serious injuries resulting from the border clash between immigrants and officers.
Despite Trump’s desires, a current lack of will to compromise from Democrats makes getting the wall funding seem unlikely.