Trump made the comments while meeting with a group of sheriffs at the White House Monday
Asked if there would be a second shutdown over the border wall standoff, Trump responded: “That’s up to the Democrats.”
“These are people who kidnap people… the Democrats want them to come into our society. I don’t think so,” Trump said. “We need a wall… and all of the other things are nice to have, but without a wall it’s not going to work. We can have technology. We can have beautiful drones flying all over the place. But it doesn’t work without the wall.”
US lawmakers have until Friday to reach an agreement or else there will be a second government shutdown.
Funding for the wall has led to a budget impasse and an ongoing dispute over border security.
Trump finally agreed on January 25 to end the shutdown without getting the $5.7 billion he had demanded for the wall, and instead, a three-week spending deal was reached to temporarily end the impasse.
The Republican president has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration but has failed to get his agenda through so far.