A border wall with Mexico is needed for security reasons, even though traffic coming through has stopped significantly, claimed President Donald Trump.
Trump has threatened a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t pass a bill allocating funds for parts of his promised border wall, despite his campaign assurances that Mexico would pay for the costs.
“The wall is needed from the standpoint of security. The wall is needed from the standpoint of drugs — tremendous, the drug scourge, what’s coming through the areas that we’re talking about,” Trump said at an Aug. 28 press conference. “As you know, I have General (John) Kelly here. We stopped traffic coming through, 78 percent. It’s going to be, I think, 81 percent this quarter, which is a record.”
Trump also claimed that during past administrations “if they stopped it just a little bit, like 1 or 2 or 3 percent, they consider that a great thing. We’re up to almost 80 percent.”
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