President Trump said Wednesday that Congress could soon fund his promised border wall and said he is weighing a trip to the southern border to survey the construction of wall prototypes.
"We're getting very close to" the border wall funding, Trump said Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. The president highlighted the progress contractors have made on building prototypes for the wall along the southern border, which Congress has yet to fund amid opposition from Democrats and some Republicans.
"I may be going there very shortly to look at them in their final form," Trump said of the prototypes.
Congress has not yet revealed any plans or discussions to appropriate money for the construction of the border wall.
Trump touted the success his administration made this year in its efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, even without the border wall Trump has described as necessary for enforcing immigration laws.
"We're restoring immigration enforcement at levels this country has never seen before," Trump said. "We will get rid of chain migration and the visa lottery program."
The president has railed against the diversity visa lottery program since Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who came to this country on a visa issued through that program, allegedly plowed a van into a group of people in Manhattan earlier this year, killing eight pedestrians while pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
"We don't want this group of people anymore," Trump said while discussing the suspect in the terror attack on a New York City sidewalk on Halloween.
"They're not putting their best people in the lottery. It's common sense," Trump added. "They put their worst people into the lottery and that's what we get in many cases."
Trump highlighted the political win Republicans scored this week when passing their tax reform bill, which is expected to land on the president's desk within days.
"People are starting to see how great this historic victory was," Trump said. "This bill means more take-home pay. It will be an incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans."
"We have a tremendous amount of talent in the House, a tremendous amount of talent in the Senate," Trump added, thanking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for their role in shepherding the tax reform bill through Congress.