“We need Democrat votes to have a wall,” Trump said. “Now, if we don’t get it, will I get it done another way? I might get it done another way. There are other potential ways that I can do it. You saw what we did with the military, with the barbed wire and the fencing, and various other things.”
The president on Tuesday also argued that images from an area near the San Ysidro border crossing to Southern California, where U.S. border agents fired tear gas at migrants who tried to cross into the country from Mexico, were bad politically for Democrats.
The incident was the latest high-profile controversy over immigration under Trump, who has faced criticism over the troop deployment as well as a new policy designed to limit asylum claims that was blocked by a federal judge.
“We desperately need a wall,” Trump told the Post. “I think that’s been shown better than ever in the last short period of two weeks. I see the Democrats are going to want to do something. They understand, too. Those pictures are very bad for the Democrats.”
The lame-duck session of Congress could mark Trump’s last chance to obtain funding for his border wall, a central promise of his 2016 campaign. Democrats will take control of the House in January and they vociferously oppose the president’s plan for a new wall between the U.S. and Mexico.