'Pointless': Trump privately dismissed his own address strategy to news executives before his speech
US President Donald Trump. (AFP/File / Brendan Smialowski)

According to a New York Times report, President Donald Trump doesn't support his own speech he made Tuesday evening.


Trump reportedly wanted to go over the heads of Congress and launch his own campaign for the wall. It was feared that Trump would declare a national emergency so that he has the freedom to do whatever he wants with the border wall.

"Privately, Mr. Trump dismissed his own new strategy as pointless," the Times reported. "In an off-the-record lunch with television anchors hours before the address, he made clear in blunt terms that he was not inclined to give the speech or go to Texas, but was talked into it by advisers, according to two people briefed on the discussion who asked not to be identified sharing details."

“It’s not going to change a damn thing, but I’m still doing it,” Trump said according to one person in the room.

The Times said that the scheduled trip to the border the president has planned this week is nothing more than a photo opportunity.

"'But,' he added, gesturing at his communications aides, Bill Shine, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, 'these people behind you say it’s worth it,'” the Times quoted.

Read the full report from the New York Times.