The Republican presidential nominee said on Thursday that he’s “100 percent” willing to work with President Donald Trump to “fix” the economy if he can find “the right people.”
Trump’s comments came at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where he took questions from a crowd of thousands of delegates.
“We’ve got to fix our economy,” Trump said.
“If we don’t, we’re going to be in trouble, folks.
We’re going in trouble.”
Trump has repeatedly called for tax cuts and infrastructure spending that would be paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy.
On Friday, he repeated his call for tax breaks and infrastructure funds for businesses.
“What we need is a big, beautiful wall.
We need to build a huge, beautiful, beautiful fence on our southern border,” Trump told the crowd.
“I want to get this wall built, I want it done in a year.
But we have to fix the economy.
We have to get it right.
We can’t let the rich get away with it.”
“We have to make our economy work,” Trump continued.
“Our country has to be working again.
We’ve got big problems, big problems.
We are a nation of laws, and we’ve got a very complex and expensive system.”
Trump made the comments at a news conference after the convention.
“You’re going crazy,” Trump declared.
“This is so ridiculous.”
He added: “We don’t have to talk about tax cuts, we don’s have to discuss our infrastructure, we’ve already got a big fence.”
Trump, a businessman who has long been critical of the Republican establishment, was speaking to reporters following the speech.
“That’s why I’m going to put my heart into it, to see if I can find the right people to get things done,” he said.
But it was not clear who would pay for the wall.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
In a recent speech, Trump said that he would consider hiring the services of private security contractors and “let them come into the country and do things.”
Trump said on Friday that he is “100% willing to do this” and that he can’t wait until the end of the year to see whether it is “truly possible.”
Trump told an audience of delegates at the convention that his plan to build the wall would be “a very, very beautiful thing.”
“But you’ve got people who are going to say, ‘Oh, well, he’s just a candidate.’
That’s the problem,” Trump added.
“Nobody wants to be associated with somebody who can’t get things right.”
“I’m not going to build anything until the wall is finished,” Trump warned.
“The wall is going to have to be finished.”