President Donald Trump reiterated on Wednesday that he will not sign an immigration bill unless it includes funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
During a joint press conference with Trump and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the Washington Examiner‘s Sarah Westwood asked Trump if he would sign an immigration deal passed by Congress that does not include funding for a border wall.
"No, no, no," Trump responded. "It's got to include the wall. We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in."
Trump said he remains hopeful, however, that Democrats and Republicans will be able to come up with a good solution for those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides legal protections to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, while also providing funding for the wall.
"Any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn't work," Trump said. "Look at what happened in Israel: they put up the wall; they solved a very major problem."
"We need the wall," he continued. "We have to have the wall for security purposes. Security is number one."
Trump had indicated on Tuesday during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers at the White House that he would sign just about any immigration deal that they put on his desk.