This was also the first time he had said that replacing old fencing would count, in his mind, toward his central campaign promise of building a "big attractive wall" on the U.S. -Mexico border.
Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections and will take control of the chamber in January.
"It's going to be built, hopefully rapidly", he said.
Trump also claimed, without evidence, that federal employees on furlough or working without pay understand his demand for a border wall - and support him in his mission.
"During the Christmas season, we rejoice in God's many blessings", said Mrs. Trump. Trump said, waiting for Collman to reply.
And they came to us, they asked for a wall...
"Wednesday is really the first day that this kicks in", acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump and top Democrats in Congress sparred over the partial shutdown of the US government on Monday, the third day of the closure, with no sign of tangible efforts to reopen agencies closed by a political impasse over Mr. Trump's demand for border wall funds. "The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats".
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Gonzalo Martinez scored twice on what is expected to be his final appearance before joining MLS champions Atlanta United. Earlier, River beat Kashima Antlers 4-0 for third place.
"I'd rather not be doing shutdowns".
Schumer on Monday denounced the White House for sending mixed messages.
"We're nearly having a groundbreaking, it's such a big section", he said.
Collman: I think we'll probably put out some cookies, and then we're hanging out with our friends. "I just didn't want to to go down and be there when other people are hurting". "I'd love to keep politics out of Christmas".
When asked by the paper what she would do if she spoke to the president again, Collman said, "Most people know this question".
Hamline University political science professor David Schultz said the government shutdown could have a major economic impact on the country if it lasts any longer.
Trump ended the session by railing against the Democrats and former FBI director James Comey, whom he sacked in May 2017 in a move he later said stemmed from frustration over the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign Russian interference in the 2016 United States vote.