Former President Donald Trump told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Monday that lawmakers would be "foolish" to sign the Senate's border security bill.
Trump, during a conversation with Newsmax's Rob Schmitt, was asked how some Senate Republicans could be "itching to sign off" on the $118 billion bill unveiled Sunday.
"Well, it's hard to believe because I think it probably would mean the end of their career," Trump told Schmitt. "This is a Democrat trap. It's a trap for Republicans that would be so stupid, so foolish to sign a bill like this. This bill can't be signed.
"It's not only that, it's massive amounts of money going out of town, as we say … billions, and billions and billions of dollars and it's so bad on the border. I've never seen anything like it. Actually, it's one of the dumbest bills I've ever seen."
Trump went on to say that "you don't need a bill."
"I had the safest border in the history of our country. We had no bill, and I just said, 'Close the border.' It's closed," he told Schmitt.
"We had the safest border in history, the history of our country, we had the safest border. Now we have, I believe, the worst border in the history of the world. There's never been a border like this. Ever. I don't care where you go … Third-World country."
The former president cited his "Remain in Mexico" policy as one that helped prevent a migrant crisis during his administration.
"I went to Mexico, and negotiated with Mexico," he said. "They gave us 28,000 troops. They gave us a lot of other things. Stay in Mexico. Remain … we called it Remain in Mexico, they gave us that. This bill doesn't have anything about Remain in Mexico."
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