The president, a former business executive who has promised to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and his top strategist have said they would support a temporary amnesty to allow more illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
The White House has also said it would use an emergency funding bill to keep millions of people from losing their jobs, and that the president and his advisers are working on a plan to build and pay for a new border wall.
The bill, known as the omnibus bill, was unveiled on Monday and is expected to pass Congress as soon as next week.
Trump’s comments came as the Senate prepared to take up the border wall bill and a proposal to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants.
The Senate passed the omnibibus bill late last week, clearing the way for it to be sent to the House of Representatives.
The Senate vote marks the first time in more than a decade that the chamber has approved a border wall funding measure.
But the legislation does not include funding for a replacement for the DACA program, which has allowed undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States for up to five years.
Trump has vowed to build the wall but has not specified where it would be built.
His spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump would not commit to building a wall until a new president was sworn in.
The Senate bill, which is expected in the next few weeks, would fund the construction of a border fence and construction of an additional fence along the U-turn that the government built along the border with Mexico.
The bill would also make permanent a program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U, but later became citizens, to stay for up.
It also would prevent the deportation and re-entry of millions of undocumented immigrants, as well as millions of others from losing the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The legislation would allow more than 7 million DACA recipients to stay and work in the U and to apply for a green card.
Trump told the New York Times on Tuesday that the wall should be built because it was necessary to stop people from crossing the border illegally.
Trump’s administration has not indicated whether it will build the border fence in the omnis package, but White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday that Trump wants to start construction.
The legislation would not apply to people who are already here legally.
Trump’s executive order that temporarily suspends immigration to the United Kingdom from seven Muslim-majority countries has caused friction in the region, with Britain’s government refusing to grant asylum to some refugees from the Middle East and North Africa who have fled the civil war in Syria.