Friday evening on the radio, President Trump told LevinTV host Mark Levin that suggesting a border shutdown may not have been popular among his opponents, but it did get Mexico to cooperate more with the U.S. on immigration.
"Two weeks ago, I made a very strong statement, and I mean it to this day. I said, if these people flow through Mexico, I'm closing the border," Trump said.
"That's a very big move, because you're talking about hundreds of billions of dollars" in trade, the president continued. "'I'm closing the border': That's more important than hundreds of billions."
"But I said it, and all of a sudden, as you see, Mexico is taking people, bringing them back to their country; they're grabbing them and they're bringing them back to their country."
As an example of this change, Trump cited recent reports that Mexican authorities deported some 15,000 illegal immigrants who were part of migrant caravans so far in April.
"Now, they weren't doing that for any president," Trump commented.
President Trump made his remarks during an exclusive phone interview aired during Levin's national radio show. The interview was recorded on Thursday.
Trump also remarked on the backlash he got for his campaign-opening speech on immigration, when he talked about the state of illegal immigrant crime and the various problems at the border, and how that compares to the current situation.
"I gave a rough speech on the border," the president recalled to Levin. "Well, that speech is peanuts compared to what reality is, okay? It's far rougher."
"The Border Patrol has been incredible," Trump said of the agency's response to the crisis, "but we're talking about 100,000 people a month."
The president and Levin also discussed the state of bias in the legacy media, the partisan investigations against him, and why they still haven't stopped despite the findings of the Mueller report.
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