Trump to Call on Democrats to ‘Heal,’ and Bashes Pelosi Over Wall

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Before the shutdown ended, Trump had threatened to declare a national emergency, diverting funds from the Department of Defense to build the wall.

"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.

"On a political basis, what she's doing is - I actually think it's bad politics, but much more importantly it's very bad for our country", he said.

"But we will be looking at a national emergency because I don't think anything's gonna happen", he said later in the briefing.

"She knows that you need a barrier", he said.

Meantime, Trump also suggested more changes to his Cabinet are coming and said he wants to keep US troops in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran.

"With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security". Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions - KEEP OUT!' "Democrats have put forward strong, smart and effective border security solutions in the bipartisan conference committee, while the President still refuses to take a second shutdown off the table".

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A top Democrat has suggested that although "we aren't going to have a wall", some kind of "enhanced barrier" could be an option.

"They have a very special owner and coach, and certainly they have, I guess, the greatest quarterback of all time", Trump said, peppering in good words for Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady. I want that as president and I'd want that as a citizen.

Trump will also address foreign policy issues during his speech, including the United States trade war with China, the situation in Venezuela and the ending of U.S. involvement in conflicts overseas, the administration official said.

When Brennan asked if he was saying he intends to launch a military strike on Iran, which he says is developing a nuclear arsenal despite his intelligence chiefs telling a Senate panel the opposite last week, Trump shot back: "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran". "We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice".

"And this is what a lot of people don't understand", he said.

"Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that's first question", Trump said.

Trump also indicated he would remove all US troops from Afghanistan if a peace pact can be finalized with the Taliban.

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