"I'm not waiting for this committee and I've told a lot of people I don't expect much coming out of the committee because I keep hearing the words that 'We'll give you what you want but we're not going to give you a wall, '" Trump said. But he also signaled strongly he plans to declare a national emergency to build the barrier without assent from lawmakers.
Trump's speech had been scheduled for January 29, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it off because the shutdown was underway, leading to an angry response from the president, who denied her and several other Democrats access to a military plane to visit USA troops in Afghanistan.
"We're not getting anywhere with them", Trump said during an event at the White House, citing what he called "tremendous obstruction by Democrats", who call their differences with the president a basic disagreement over immigration policy.
President Donald Trump unleashed on Nancy Pelosi in a CBS News interview set to air before the Super Bowl, calling the House Speaker "bad for our country" and accusing her of causing deaths with her opposition to his proposed border wall.
Trump insisted that he is building the wall and will continue building it, as this is the only way to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the country. "She doesn't mind human trafficking or she wouldn't do this", he added. The president - in open warfare with opposition Democrats, as well as railing nearly daily against prosecutors looking at allegations that he colluded with Russian Federation in his 2016 election - will take the high ground, the official said. "We're negotiating very tough prices, we've designed a much better looking wall that is also actually a better wall, which is actually an interesting combination - it's far more attractive and it's better - it's much more protective", he continued.
"It's very hard to do human trafficking through ports of entry because you have people standing there saying hey what's going on in the backseat, what's going on in the trunk. And when I hear them talking about the fact that walls are immoral and walls don't work - they know they work", he told reporters earlier in the day.
"She knows that you need a barrier", he said.
"When they go to the Ninth Circuit, things happen", he said.
ABC's Quinn Owen contributed reporting.