President Trump sat down with Laura Ingraham Monday night for an exclusive interview ahead of his rally in El Paso, Texas.

Trump zeroed-in during the rally – the first of his 2020 campaign – on his pursuit for a border wall ahead of the Feb. 15 budget deadline.

Fox News reported Monday evening that congressional negotiators reached “an agreement in principle” on funding for border security.

The president said that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is solely meant for the safety of Americans.

“A wall is a very good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump said. “It’s a moral thing, to put it in the opposite terms.”


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Trump told Ingraham that officials near the border challenging his claims about crime are incorrect, and that “nearly 98 percent” of sheriffs agree with him.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo refuted Trump's characterization of his city during the State of the Union, tweeting that it was "NEVER one of the MOST dangerous cities" in the country.

"We‘ve had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity. It is NOT the sole deterrent. Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe," Margo said.

Trump added Monday that he was not surprised when some Democrats did not stand and applaud when he stated during his State of the Union address that the U.S. would never be a socialist nation.

“When I see some of the responses, when I see some of the statements made by congressmen and women I say, ‘are we living in the United States of America?’” he said.

Regarding investigations, Trump said that what is happening to him “should never be allowed to happen to another president.”

He noted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia, calling it a “delusion” and a “hoax.”

“The Democrats know it’s a hoax. This a political game,” he said.

Trump said that he believes Republicans will do very well in Virginia, a state that has been rocked by recent controversies atop its leadership.

Gov. Ralph Northam has been facing mounting calls to resign over comments on late-term abortion and a racist yearbook photo, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is facing two sexual assault accusations and the state's attorney general, Mark Herring, admitted to wearing blackface at a party nearly 40 years ago.

He said that Northam’s press conference addressing his particular controversies was “pretty sad.”

“Let them figure out what to do. I felt sorry for [Northam’s] wife, and his wife saved him from doing … he was going to try and imitate Michael Jackson with the moonwalk,” he said. “It was a pretty bad situation.”


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