Trump says he found border wall inspiration at Flight 93 memorial

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By Lauren Egan  with NBC News Politics
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"They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania. Shanksville..." Trump said. "And it's sort of beautiful, what they did is incredible."   -   Copyright  Evan Vucci AP FILE

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he found inspiration for the controversial US-Mexico border wall after visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial earlier this month for a ceremony commemorating the September 11th attacks.

The memorial marks the site where 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died after terrorists hijacked the plane and crashed in an open field on Sept. 11, 2001.

"They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania. Shanksville. And I was there. I made the speech. And it's sort of beautiful, what they did is incredible," Trump told Hill.TV in an interview on Tuesday. "They have a series of walls, I'm saying, 'It's like perfect.' So, so, we are pushing very hard."

In the interview, which was conducted Tuesday afternoon and released Wednesday, Trump delivered one of his most pointed and aggressive attacks yet against attorney general Jeff Sessions, stating that "I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad."

Trump also continued to rise expectations for the Republican Party's electoral prospects this November, pointing to the economy as reason for confidence. "I think we're gonna do much better than anyone thinks because the economy is so good, and people do like the job I'm doing," said Trump.

Trump's comments on Tuesday came as Republicans frettedthat the president's public confidence in the party's midterm chances might be leading his supporters to believe the party is in little jeopardy of losing control of the House, leading to complacency that could depress GOP turnout on Election Day.