Donald Trump is preparing to make a bold statement about how he intends to deal with a massive influx of new immigrants to the United Kingdom and beyond.
In a meeting with his advisers in the Oval Office on Monday, Trump said he is considering “building a massive wall” to keep illegal immigrants out of his country, a move that would be the most direct challenge to the European Union.
“We’re going to be building a wall, but we’re not going to put a wall up,” Trump said.
“We are not going.
We’re going, we’re going building a great wall on our southern border.
And if that works out, great.”
Trump’s remarks are the latest in a string of bold moves he has made to confront the growing influx of immigrants from the Middle East and Africa, which has triggered an outcry from European leaders and prompted a wave of protests.
Trump said he would put “a lot of money” into border security, although he later said he “couldn’t say exactly” how much he would invest.
The president also said that he would be open to discussing trade deals with countries such as Mexico and Canada.
A senior White House official said the plan would be based on a “tactical approach” and that it could not be finalized in time for the U.S. election next year.
But a senior Republican aide said Trump is planning to unveil his own border wall during a meeting Monday with European Union leaders in Brussels, and the president has made it clear he will not negotiate on his own.
The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations, said Trump had been working on a border wall proposal for months.
Trump’s comments came as he and other leaders in the U., Europe and the Middle Eastern countries were meeting at the end of a three-day summit of the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm.
The summit was supposed to be about the future of the bloc after the U, and other Western countries, left the bloc in 2019 under the terms of the so-called “Brexit” agreement.
But the EU is expected to push for new trade agreements to keep its members in the bloc, and there has been some confusion over whether the United Sates would accept new trade deals if they were part of the Brexit deal.
Trump has called the EU “the single greatest economic and security threat” to the U.
“The only thing that is keeping us from going into a trade war is the European institutions, which are totally out of control and out of touch,” Trump told reporters after the summit.
“And I would love to get rid of them.”
In his remarks, Trump also called for a ban on Muslim immigration and the construction of a wall along the U.-Mexico border, and he said he wants to have a “very big, very strong border” with Mexico.
Trump was in the United Arab Emirates to attend the United Nations General Assembly, a meeting of world leaders in which he was scheduled to meet with the Emiratis, Saudi Arabia and the United African Emirates.
Trump and his aides have said that Trump will discuss a trade deal with Europe on Monday.