John Solomon and Buck Sexton, The Hill, September 19, 2018
President Trump hinted in an interview with Hill.TV that he will use his executive powers to do more on immigration before the midterm elections.
Trump accused Democrats of opposing his wall on the Mexican border only to spite him given the fact that it was one of his signature 2016 election promises, and he said he needed a filibuster-proof GOP majority in the Senate — or an end to the legislative filibuster.
“The entire Democrat life is to try and make sure we don’t have a wall, not because we don’t need it, because we do. But because that was a promise that I made, and they want to try to make sure I don’t deliver on that promise,” he added.
The problem, he said, is that the Senate requires 60 votes to approve legislation without a filibuster, and Republicans hold just 51 seats.
The president said he remains hopeful he can deliver on a border wall and that he found inspiration for the project while speaking at the Sept. 11 memorial in Pennsylvania.