President Donald Trump said talks with lawmakers on building his proposed Mexico border wall are pointless and suggested that he will declare a national emergency to get it done.
“I think Nancy Pelosi is hurting our country very badly by doing what she’s doing and, ultimately, I think I’ve set the table very nicely,” Mr. Trump said on Thursday in a wide ranging interview with The New York Times, referring to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
‘Waste of time’
The talks are to conclude in two weeks and Mr. Trump has previously warned that if they do not end with money to build a wall on the border with Mexico, he will allow another government shutdown. In the interview, Mr. Trump made no mention of another closure, however, and suggested that he will declare a national emergency on the border as a way to use military funds. “I think she’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country. If she doesn’t approve a wall, the rest of it’s just a waste of money and time and energy because it’s desperately needed.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Mr. Trump dismissed the various investigations being waged against him. The President said his lawyers have been reassured by the departing Deputy-Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he was not a target. “He told the attorneys that I’m not a subject, I’m not a target,” he said.