On Thursday, January 3, President Trump made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room. This was his first time at the briefing room podium as president.
He took the time to explain the reasons behind the shutdown over the border wall. However, he took no questions from reporters.
He began by talking about the wall. He explained why it's important, saying he's received a lot of support about it.
"You can call it a wall, you can call it a barrier, whatever you want," but people want it. "I have never had so much support," he said according to CBS.
The press briefing was a last minute one. Reporters heard an announcement that the White House press secretary would hold a briefing only five minutes before it began.
President Trump explained he'd had a meeting with border patrol representatives, and he decided it would be a great time to come speak to reporters.
"So this meeting was set up a long time ago," the president said. "It just came at a very opportune time. .... So, I just appreciate them being here. I said let's go out and see the press you can tell them the importance of the wall. They basically said - and I think I can take the word basically out - without a wall you cannot have border security. Without a very strong form of barrier - call it what you will. You cannot have border security. It won't work."
The White House has formally invited congressional leaders to the White House to continue shutdown negotiations on Friday, reported CBS.
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