President Donald Trump gave no clues about his 3 p.m. border security-shutdown announcement as he departed the White House on Saturday morning on a surprise trip to a military base in Dover, Delaware, for the arrival of the bodies of American troopers killed in Syria.
He said the border battle is not personal for him, but added that current impasse is rooted in Speaker Nancy Pelosi being beholden to the left wing of her party.
A White House official called a CBS News report suggesting the president will declare a national emergency at the border to access Pentagon dollars for the barrier while endorsing spending measures already passed by the House “so off.”
Trump thanked special counsel Robert S. Mueller III for a late Friday statement that disputed a Buzzfeed report that the president ordered former fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
“I think that the BuzzFeed piece was a disgrace to our country. It was a disgrace to journalism,” Trump said.
The commander in chief also flashed his showman and reality television instincts, saying he has settled on a location for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But he teased reporters by saying he won’t announce the host country for those nuclear disarmament talks just yet.
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