President Trump will sign an executive order next week on immigration.

Speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room, POTUS said he will sign
an executive order next week on immigration that will among other
things make it harder to make asylum claims.

Anyone who wants to press an asylum claim must first present themselves at a port of entry.

He said he has ended catch and release as of a couple days ago and will
detain asylum applicants in tent cities for a long time rather than
let them go until a court date.

“The endemic abuse of our asylum system makes a mockery of our
immigration and displacing legitimate asylum seekers and there are
legitimate asylum seekers.”

He said children will be kept with their families and he insisted his
plan would be legal.

He also said that he has told the military to respond to any rock
throwing by members of the migrant caravan as if it was an armed
attack. “They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights
back. I told them to consider it a rifle.”

He denied any election posturing over immigration. “There’s nothing
political about a caravan of thousands of people and now others
forming pouring up to our country,” he said. Without being asked about
gender, he then volunteered: “I don’t want them in our country. And
women don’t want them in our country. Women want security.”

He also said he will probably name a new UN ambassador next week and
that Heather Nauert is a candidate. Asked if he had offered her the
job, he said, “No, she’s under very serious consideration. She’s
excellent.”

As always please check quotes against transcript.

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