President Trump makes first briefing room appearance
President Trump, speaking for the first time at a White House press briefing, introduced three Border Patrol Council members to speak on the need of a wall.
"I just appreciate them being here. Let's go out and see the press. You can tell them about the importance of the wall. They basically said, and I think I can take the word basically out, 'Without a wall you can not have border security.' Without a very strong form of barrier, call it what you will, but without a wall you can't have border security it won't work," Trump said.
Brandon Judd, one of the members, said walls have been "an absolute necessity for border patrol agents in securing the border."
Hector Garza, executive vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, added that deported "criminal aliens" frequently came back to the US.
"However, we had a physical barrier, if we had a wall, we would be able to stop that," he said.
President Trump ended his short briefing room appearance without taking questions from the reporters who had assembled there.
Journalists could be heard shouting questions at him as he walked out of the room, trailed by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and National Border Patrol Council members.
Trump's briefing today marks his first appearance at the podium in the White House briefing room.
He has made one brief appearance in the room before: The President popped his head in the doorway the day of the North Korea announcement, but this first time in the room at the podium.
President Trump in a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room just congratulated Nancy Pelosi on being elected House Speaker.
"It's a very, very great achievement, and hopefully we're going to work together and we're going to get lots of things done," Trump said, citing infrastructure "and so much more" as topics he believes the two sides may work on.
"I think it will be a little bit different than a lot of people are thinking, so I congratulate Nancy. Tremendous, tremendous achievement," he said.
The White House press briefing just started -- and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders introduced President Trump. He's talking now.
The White House just announced press secretary Sarah Sanders will hold a surprise briefing this afternoon.
The tweet from Sarah Sanders came at 4:07 p.m. ET. She said the briefing would start at 4:10 p.m. It's now 4:25 p.m. but the press is assembling in the briefing room.