"We are doing a phenomenal job, we are setting records, but we have laws that don't work so we are working around those laws and it's unfortunate".
And that promise is to build a wall on America's southern border with Mexico.
The White House has been embroiled in controversy over the ongoing efforts to reunite families separated at the border who were attempting to enter the United States illegally.
Mr. Trump said he was open to negotiate on some of those points.
"I know he's frustrated, and I am too, that we haven't taken steps to adequately deal with border security, but we've got an orderly appropriations process going through here and hopefully we'll get most if not all of the appropriations done before", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said.
House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion next year to build Trump's wall, a major boost.
President Donald Trump threatened on July 29 to shut down the government unless Democrats in Congress approved a package of immigration reforms including funding for the border wall. President Trump tweeted. "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!". We need great people coming into our Country!
The president praised Conte's hardline stance on immigration. "We have to end the chain [migration]".
Trump is issuing another shutdown threat during a joint news conference with Italy's leader on Monday.
Feud between Trump and Cohen quickly becomes personal
Reuters was unable to verify the entire exchange between the two men because of the poor sound quality of the recording. Trump is heard at one point suggesting the team "pay with cash", before Cohen dismisses the idea by saying, "no, no".
As they stood side by side on the podium, Trump praised the prime minister for taking a "firm stance on the border".
President Trump signed the executive order on Wednesday, June 20.
From the very beginning of his term, Trump has seemed to court a shutdown over the wall, despite the deep objections of much of his staff and Republicans in Congress.
Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said on ABC's "This Week" said he did not think it would come to a shutdown.
"I don't think we're going to shut down the government".
Other spending fights that will probably be delayed until after the elections include funding for the Justice Department, as well as money for the State Department and foreign operations.
Government funding expires midnight September 30.
The House is in recess and won't return until after Labor Day.
Democrats have long opposed financing Trump's wall but lack the votes by themselves to block House approval of that amount. "It is those Republicans in Washington, D.C. who are willing to throw President Trump and his voters and supporters under the bus to preserve their own power", she said.