Trump hints at new executive action on immigration, wants filibuster-proof Senate majority

By John Solomon and Buck Sexton

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE hinted in an interview with Hill.TV that he will use his executive powers to do more on immigration before the midterm elections.

"I’ll be doing things over the next two weeks having to do with immigration, which I think you’ll be very impressed at,” the president said during an exclusive 45-minute Oval Office interview on Tuesday with Hill.TV.

He declined to say what the impending action might be. Several senior aides told Hill.TV that they didn't know what the president intends to do.

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.

“We’ve started an 80-mile stretch,” the president said, identifying funds he's moved around.

“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.

“We gotta get to 60,” he said. “So 10 Democrats are controlling the Senate. We shouldn’t have the filibuster rule. The first thing that [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE would do if he ever took control of the Senate is get rid of the filibuster rule. And for whatever reason, and nobody can explain it, they just won’t do it. Which means we need to get nine more Republicans. So, it’s a very tough thing, even though we need it.”

The GOP’s chances of getting a majority of 60 are very unlikely in this year’s midterms, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns MORE (R-Ky.) has been decidedly cool to Trump’s previous calls for ending the filibuster.

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.

“They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania, Shanksville. And I was there. I made the speech. And it’s sort of beautiful, what they did is incredible,” he said. “They have a series of walls, I’m saying, it’s like perfect. So, so, we are pushing very hard.”

The Flight 93 National Memorial, two miles north of Shanksville in southwestern Pennsylvania, is the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after being hijacked by four al Qaida terrorists on 9/11. Forty passengers and crew died in the crash.