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Trump: I'm Losing 'Massive Amounts of Money' in This Job

He says wall talks are 'a waste of time'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2019 6:18 AM CST
President Trump holds a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – President Trump sat down with reporters from one of his least favorite papers Wednesday and declared that border wall talks are a "waste of time." New York Times correspondents Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman say they interviewed Trump in the Oval Office after he invited publisher AG Sulzberger to an off-the-record dinner and Sulzberger suggested he speak to reporters on the record instead. They say the president seemed "relaxed and confident"—and gave them printed copies of tweets that were sent out in his name while they were speaking to him. Some highlights:

  • The border wall. Trump apparently no longer expects funding from Congress for his proposed border wall, even though talks have two weeks left to run. He called the negotiations a "waste of time" and strongly hinted that he plans to build it without congressional support by declaring an emergency. "I've set the table," he said. "I've set the stage for doing what I'm going to do." He also said: "I’ll continue to build the wall and we’ll get the wall finished."

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