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Trump Brings Federal Employee Union to White House to Make Case for Shutdown

January 03, 2019 / Eric Katz

President Trump on Thursday afternoon called an impromptu press conference to trot out unexpected guests: leaders from a federal employee union. The top officials of the National Border Patrol Council, a division of the American Federation of Government Employees, addressed reporters at the White House to discuss their support for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said he was meeting with the union representatives and decided they should “go out and speak to the press.” Brandon Judd, NBPC president, said in his 21 years of experience he has seen first hand that walls are effective.