Steve King: 'Exhilarating’ to hear Trump reaffirm wall

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says he is overjoyed that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE is not abandoning his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“It’s exhilarating,” he told host Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network’s “Varney and Co.” Friday. "It makes me so happy to hear such a definitive statement."

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“He’s got to build the wall,” added King, who endorsed Trump before his White House win last month. "That’s the central promise in the entire presidential campaign.

“It has been reiterated last night with utter exuberance — not just a wall, but a ‘great wall.' I signaled to my staff, ‘Capture — I want to watch that day after day.’ ”

King noted an entire barrier along America’s southern border remains feasible, adding that the Trump administration should start it after the president-elect’s inauguration next month.

“We will do this, and we’ll start it early in next year,” he said of the controversial structure.

Trump on Thursday reiterated he would not back down from his pledge to build a wall separating the U.S. from its neighbor.

“No, no, no, no — I mean, we’re going to build a wall,” he said on Fox News’s “Hannity." "Every once in a while they say, ‘Well, maybe it’s not going to be totally through.'

“Now, there are certain places where you don’t need a wall, because you have, you know, you have mountains, you have other things. You have large and rather vicious rivers.

“It’s going to be a real wall, because we’re going to stop the drugs from coming in. We’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to have to come in legally and we’re going to have a great wall.”

Trump last month said he would consider fencing along parts of the southern border, alarming supporters who believed he was softening on the position. The president-elect has repeatedly vowed the wall would prevent the flow of drugs, illegal immigrants and related violent crimes into the U.S.