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Exclusive: Trump talks to Fox News’ Ed Henry at the border


♪ HERE I AM, BABY. BRIAN: IT’S YOUR SHOT OF THE MORNING. PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNING A BRAND NEW STRETCH OF BORDER WALL IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. AINSLEY: USING A SHARPY. THE PRESIDENT AUTOGRAPHING THAT PART OF THE WALL. BEEN PROMISING TO BUILD THE WALL SINCE HIS CAMPAIGN IN 2015. STEVE: DESIGNED TO RETAIN HEAT TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM CLIMBING IT. CAN YOU SEE THERE IT’S LITERALLY HIS SIGNATURE ISSUE. BRIAN: OUR ENED HEADRY HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO THE ABOUT THE WITH THE WALL. AINSLEY: ED HENRY JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. HEY, ED, WHAT ARE. SO HIGHLIGHTS YOU LEARNED YESTERDAY AFTER TALKING TO HIM. ED: IT WAS FANTASTIC. I WALKED UP TO INTRODUCE PRESIDENT SORT OF RIGHT AFTER HE SIGNED IT. HE HAD ALL THESE BORDER PATROL AGENTS AROUND. HE SPIED ME AND SAID WHAT’S ED HENRY DOING HERE. OH YEAH WE ARE DOING AN INTERVIEW. COME ON, LET’S TALK. HE WILL WENT RIGHT AT IT. LONG DAY PROBABLY TIRED BETWEEN JET LAG AND THE FUND RAISING HE WAS DOING, MEETING WITH THE BORDER PATROL FOLKS. HE GOT FIRED UP WHEN WE STARTED TALKING AND HERE’S WHY. WE HAD DEMOCRATS ON THE SHOW SAYING THE PRESIDENT IS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH. THAT’S WHAT THEY CLAIM WHEN HE SAYS AND BOASTS THAT THERE IS NO WALL BEING BUILT. I’M HERE TO SAY THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT. AND THEY ARE WRONG. AND THAT’S NOWFTZ AN OPINION. THAT’S MY ROUTEING WITH MY OWN TWO EYES. I WAS THERE. THERE IS, IN FACT, MILES AND MILES OF NEW WALL BEING BUILT. AND IT’S WORKING, NUMBER ONE, WE WILL SHOW YOU THAT NUMBER TWO, THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT IRAN. THAT HE WANTS PEACE NOT WAR. AND WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE FED RATE CUTS. IF YOU ARE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FED WAKING UP WATCHING, THIS YOU MAY WANT TO POUR ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE. WATCH.>>LET’S START WITH SOME BREAKING NEWS FROM THE FED TODAY. YOU WERE PRETTY UPSET THAT THEY ONLY CUT IT A QUARTER OF A PERCENTAGE POINT AND YOU SAID CHAIRMAN POWELL HAS NO GUTS, WHY?>>THINK WE SHOULD DO MORE BECAUSE OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE DONE MORE. IF YOU LOOK AT GERMANY AND JAPAN AND SO MANY OTHERS, THEY ARE CUTTING MUCH MORE. IN FACT, THEY ARE BORROWING MONEY AND GETTING PAID TO BORROW MONEY AND WE ARE PAYING INTEREST. WE ARE THE MOST PRIME IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE THIS GREAT ECONOMY. WE ARE DOING BETTER THAN WE HAVE EVER DONE. OUR EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE THE BEST THEY HAVE EVER BEEN. UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS, ALSO. WE ARE DOING GREAT. BUT WE SHOULD BE CUTTING. THERE IS NO INFLATION. ED: YOU ARE WORRIED HE IS PUTTING A WET BLANKET AHEAD OF 2020.>>I THINK WHAT HE DOES — I DON’T THINK HE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY THE GAME VERY WELL. THEY HAVE RAISED TOO FAST. AND I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS OPENLY. ED: UM-HUH.>>AND THEY HAVE LOWERED TOO SLOW. HE TOOK 25. SOME PEOPLE WERE HOPING FOR 50. HE TOOK 25. BUT THE FACT IS WHEN GERMANY GETS PAID TO LOAN MONEY, THEY ARE LOANING — THEY ARE BORROWING MONEY SO THEY’RE BORROWING — THINK OF IT, THEY BORROW MONEY AND WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PAY BACK, PEOPLE PAY THEM. ED: RIGHT.>>WE CAN’T PARTICIPATE IN THAT IT’S BECAUSE OF THE FED. SO I’M NOT THRILLED PUT FED. BUT, DESPITE THAT WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE ECONOMY AND WE DON’T HAVE INFLATION. ED: CHAIRMAN POWELL’S JOB IS SAFE.>>IT’S SAFE, YEAH. IT’S SAFE. SURE, WHY NOT. ED: YOU PAUSED?>>NO, I DON’T PAUSE. HE HAS GOT A JOB. I’M DISAPPOINTED IN HIM. I’M VERY DISAPPOINTED IN HIM. I THINK HE RAISED FAR TOO FAST. HE DID QUANTITATIVE TIGHTENING WHICH IS NOT A GOOD THING TO DO. BUT IT’S ALL RIGHT. AND, LOOK, WE HAVE A GREAT ECONOMY AND IT’S NOT GOING TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. IT WOULD HAVE GIVEN US AN EDGE AND INSTEAD SOMEBODY ELSE HAS AN EDGE. THEY ARE SO FAR BEHIND US THEY CAN’T CATCH US. ED: ON IRAN TOUGH NEW SANCTIONS THE “WALL STREET JOURNAL” REPORTING YOU ARE BEHIND THE SCENES TRYING TO WORK DIPLOMATIC ANGLES AT THE U.N. AND HAVE SOMETHING SHORT OF ACTUALLY WAR. WHY DID YOU TWEET LOCKED AND LOADED IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GO TO WAR?>>WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. YOU MAY HAVE VERY STRONG HIT. STRONGEST MILITARY BY FAR. WHEN I CAME IN WE WERE DEPLETED. NOW WE ARE VERY POWERFUL. WE HAVE NEW PLANES, IN MISSILES, NEW EVERYTHING. EVERY FORM OF EQUIPMENT. WE ARE BUILDING MANY NEW SHIPS AS YOU KNOW. NEW SUBMARINES. WE ARE DOING THINGS THAT WE HAVEN’T DONE IN MANY, MANY YEARS. I CAME, IN WE WERE DEPLETED. I TOLD YOU YESTERDAY VERY LOW ON AMMUNITION. AND I’M BEING NICE WHEN I SAY THAT I SAID THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANOTHER PUT. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. A LOT OF THINGS COULD HAPPEN IF WE CAN HAVE A PEACEFUL SOLUTION THAT’S GOOD. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THAT WON’T HAPPEN. BUT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A STRONGER COUNTRY MILITARILY. NOT EVEN CLOSE. ED: LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S BEHIND YOU BECAUSE I HAVE INTERVIEWED VARIOUS DEMOCRATS ON THE SHOW AND THEY WILL TELL ME THIS IS A FAN TEAS. THERE IS NO NEW WALL BEING BUILT. THEY HAVE SAID THAT.>>THIS WAS NOT HERE TWO WEEKS AGO. SO THIS IS ALL BRAND NEW WALL. THIS GOES MILES UP THE MOUNTAIN OVER HERE. THIS GOES I MEAN YOU ARE SEEING IT. THIS GOES MILES DOWN THIS DIRECTION. ED: ABOUT 14 MILES SO FAR JUST HERE.>>THIS SECTION IS 14. BUT WE ARE BUILDING MANY THAT ARE 50 AND 40 AND 17 AND DIFFERENT AREAS WE ARE BUILDING ON MANY DIFFERENT SITES. ALL UP AND DOWN ALONG THE BORDER. AND THEY GET HOOKED, IN DIFFERENT CONTRACTORS BID IT OUT. THIS WOULD BE FAR TOO MUCH FOR ONE CONTRACTOR TO BUILD. YOU SEE THE LENGTH OF THIS. ED: ABSOLUTELY. ALSO HAVE YOU TWO LEVELS HERE BECAUSE HAVE YOU 18 FEED OVER HERE.>>THIS IS TIJUANA. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY, VERY TOUGH SECTION. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE OVER THERE TRYING TO GET INTO OUR COUNTRY. THEY CAN’T GET. IN TIJUANA WE HAVE A DOUBLE WALL. THAT’S AN 18-FOOT WALL. THAT’S THE BORDER. AND THEN IF THEY GET OVER HERE, THEY CAN’T GET UP THIS WALL. ED: I INTERVIEWED BORDER PATROL AGENTS DOZENS CAN GET OVER WITH LADDERS NONE OVER THE 30 FEET.>>WE HAD CHAMPIONSHIP MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS AND TESTED VARIOUS WALLS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE SEE THROUGH AVAILABILITY OTHERWISE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS ON THE OTHER SIDE. THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO GET OVER THIS WALL. ED: ONE TOLD ME NO PRESIDENT HAS BROUGHT THIS KIND OF ATTENTION OR RESOURCES SO NOW CAN I DO MY JOB. THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD ME.>>THEY ARE MAKING THE JOB A LOT SAFER, TOO. WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING PEOPLE AREN’T COMING UP. THE NEIGHBORS ARE GOING WAY DOWN AND WE’RE NOT DOING WATCH AND RELEASE ANYMORE. WE WISH WE HAD HELP FROM THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS BUT THEY WANT OPEN BORDERS. THEY DON’T WANT THIS. THEY WANTS CRIMINALS TO COME IN. THEY WANT HUMAN TRAFFICKERS. CROOKS. ED: WHAT ABOUT REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS, YOU HAD TWO YEARS IN THE BEGINNING.>>THE PROBLEM IS I DIDN’T HAVE THE VOTES BECAUSE IN THE SENATE WE NEEDED 60 VOTES AND WE ONLY HAD AS YOU KNOW WE WERE NINE VOTES SHORT. SO WE HAD 51. NOW WE HAVE THEN HAD A GOOD ELECTION. ED: YOU WOULD GRANTS REPUBLICANS IN THE POWER IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE SHOULD HAVE PUSHED HARDER.>>IN THE HOUSE WE HAD NO PROBLEM WE COULD GET IT APPROVED, RIGHT? IN THE SENATE WE HAD 51 VOTES WE NEEDED 60. THAT MEANS WE NEEDED 9 OR 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES THEY WOULDN’T GIVE US ANY. NO DEMOCRATS. TOTAL MISNOMER. WE HAD A TINY MAJORITY AND WE NEEDED 9 TO 10 VOTES AND IF WE DIDN’T GET THEM AND WE COULDN’T GET. THEY WE HAD THE REPUBLICAN VOTES BUT WE DIDN’T HAVE ANY DEMOCRAT VOTES. SO THEY WOULDN’T GIVE US THE VOTES. STEVE: ED? ED: YEAH, IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THOSE TWO WALLS, SO YOU SAW THE 30-FOOT WALL BEHIND HIM. ACROSS THE WAY ABOUT 50 YARDS CLOSER TO TIJUANA, MEXICO IS THAT 18-FOOT WALL. I WAS TOLD BY SOME BORDER PATROL AGENTS ON SOME DAYS YOU WILL GET 100 TO 200 PEOPLE GET LADDERS LONG ENOUGH TO GET OVER THE 18 FEET. BUFF I WAS TOLD THAT ZERO, ABSOLUTELY ZERO HAVE THEN MADE IT OVER THE 30-FOOT WALL THAT’S RIGHT THERE BEHIND THE PRESIDENT. THAT TELLS YOU THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY WORKING. IT’S A SUCCESS THAT THE PRESIDENT’S CREDITS PARTICULARS DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT. BRIAN: ED, THE OTHER THING IS, FOR PEOPLE TO SAY THERE WAS A WALL THERE, THIS IS JUST BETTER. WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM?>>I TELL THEM THAT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF BUILDING WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS TALKING ABOUT. DOZENS AND DOZENS MORE MILES THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO KEEP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OUT. THE PRESIDENT POINTED OUT THE NUMBERS ARE DOWN. IT’S BEEN 20% IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS. EACH MONTH 20% DOWN IN TERMS OF ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS. BY THE WAY NEXT HOUR THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT GUN CONTROL. MAKES NEWS ON THAT. TALKS ABOUT 2020 AND WHO HE WANTS TO FACE.

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