Trump on Tuesday continued to push for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying his administration is prepared to “build a Human Wall if necessary.”
“Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border,” Trump tweeted. “We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary.”
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http://@realDonaldTrump Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event! 88.2K 2:10 PM – Feb 5, 2019 49.2K people are talking about this
“If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!” Trump tweeted.
The Pentagon announced on Sunday that nearly 4,000 additional U.S. troops would be deployed to the southern border to assist Customs and Border Protection.
The Defense Department said in a statement that 3,750 troops would assist immigration officers for 90 days, doing things such as placing razor wire along the border. The deployment pushes the amount of troops in the region to roughly 4,350.
The deployment comes as Trump continues to demand $5.7 billion for a border wall in a new spending bill, which Democrats oppose. The disagreement led to a standoff that resulted in a 35-day partial government shutdown.
Trump signed a continuing resolution to temporarily reopen the government last month. The deal did not include the funding he seeks for a wall but allowed for a bipartisan group of lawmakers to negotiate over border security funding.
Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he was skeptical the group could reach a deal that includes funding for a wall, raising the prospect that he may declare a national emergency for construction of it in order to avoid another shutdown when the continuing resolution expires on Feb. 15.
An emergency declaration would likely lead to legal challenges.
Trump is scheduled to give the State of the Union address on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol at 9 p.m.