WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says any immigration deal he signs must include funding for his promised Southern border wall.
Trump said during a joint press conference with Norway’s prime minister that funding must be part of legislation aimed at protecting hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country illegally as children.
He says, “We need the wall” and that “without the wall it all doesn’t work.”
Furious negotiations are currently underway to come up with a fix to protect those who had been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Trump ended it last year.
Trump suggested during a meeting of lawmakers Tuesday that he would be flexible, declaring at one point: “I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with.”
President Donald Trump and Norway’s prime minister bonded over economic ties and military might on Wednesday as the two leaders joined together for talks expected to focus on security issues and jobs.
Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House was the first foreign leader visit with the president in 2018. Seated in the Oval Office, Trump noted that Norway has been a strong consumer of U.S.-built military equipment, including the F-35 aircraft.
“Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend,” Trump told Solberg.
Solberg said Norway was “really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States. You are our closest ally inside NATO.” The prime minister also noted her country’s investments in the U.S., which she said supported 470,000 U.S. jobs.
“We do make great products,” Trump said in response. “We make the greatest military equipment in the world and you buy a lot of it. We appreciate that. It’s called jobs.”
The White House said in advance of the meetings that Trump and Solberg would discuss regional and global security issues with NATO, including the coalition aligned against the Islamic State group, along with economic issues and trade.
Solberg said before the meeting that she’d put climate and “open world trade” on the agenda in the bilateral talks.
Norway has sought to be an international leader in efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. While the Scandinavian country remains a major exporter of oil and gas, the Norwegian government was among the first to sign on to the landmark Paris climate deal, pledging to meet a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
Trump announced last year his intention to pull the U.S. out of the climate pact and the president has repeatedly expressed skepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a “hoax” created by the Chinese to damage American industry.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.