Trump says there's nothing 'as good as' dogs at border

President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE said Friday his administration is directing more drug-sniffing dogs to join officials at the border with Mexico, touting the animals' effectiveness in combating illicit drugs flowing into the United States.

"They make pretty incredible new equipment for drug detection where you can find out what’s in the wheel of a car ... where it is in the engine, where it is in the hubcaps," Trump said during an Oval Office event focused on border security.

“Also, we’re getting dogs. More dogs, believe it or not. I still say — is that still true? There’s nothing [that] replaces a good dog. Is that right?” he said, turning to law enforcement officials in the room.

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“So, we’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars on equipment, but I will say this: It’s not as good as the dogs,” he said. “So you’re going to have the best equipment, but we’re getting a lot of dogs for the various entry points also.” 

The president also spoke about seeing German Shepherds in action with the Secret Service, witnessing them snuff out drugs in containers and calling it "the most incredible thing."

“I’ve seen out at Secret Service, where they showed me the dogs, certain types of German Shepherd — very specific types of dog. But what they do is they’ll run by 15 boxes, all empty except one. And they’ll be very, very strongly sealed boxes. And they’ll coming running full speed and stop like on a dime. They know the drugs are in that box. It’s the most incredible thing,” he said. 

The comments came as Trump vetoed a resolution to block his national emergency declaration. He announced the decision last month to allocate roughly $8 billion for additional miles of barriers along the southern border.

Trump has taken a hardline stance on border security since he began his White House campaign in 2015, voicing dire concerns about illegal immigration and drugs entering the U.S.

The president has called for increased funding for an array of measures, including increased border patrols and curtailing migrants’ paths to asylum.