One of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises was to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. However, he has run into several hurdles in trying to do so. Although Trump just signed a $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill that was passed by Congress, he had threatened not to do so because there was only funding to build a very small portion of the wall.
Now, on Wednesday, Trump jumped on Twitter, and still dreaming about his giant border wall, he tweeted these photos:
However, Homeland Security Secretary Kierstjen Nielsen retweeted Trump’s photos, setting the record straight:
The photos Trump tweeted have nothing to do with the proposed border wall. Instead, they are part of a construction project for a two-mile border wall in Calexico, California. This particular wall had been prioritized since 2009.
Here’s how Twitter responded to Trump’s “fake news”:
David Kim, assistant chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol’s El Centro sector said last month:
‘We just wanted to get out in front of it and let everybody know that this is a local tactical infrastructure project that was planned for quite some time.’
Within the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, Trump received $1.6 billion for border security. According to The Washington Post:
‘Trump, who decided last fall to end the DACA program, was seeking a deal that would give Democrats protections they sought for the program’s recipients in exchange for additional funding of $25 billion for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. The bill includes $1.6 billion for fencing and other border security measures.’
The Sierra Club as well as two other environmental groups and the state of California sued back in September to stop the Calexico project from happening. A U.S. District Court judge did rule that environmental restrictions could be waived in order to begin the project. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded saying:
‘We remain unwavering in our belief that the Trump administration is ignoring laws it doesn’t like in order to resuscitate a campaign talking point of building a wall on our southern border. We will evaluate all of our options and are prepared to do what is necessary to protect our people, our values, and our economy from federal overreach.’
After the court ruling, Trump tweeted:
‘I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!’
Most recently, Mr. Trump had said that more funding for the border wall could come from the U.S. military. According to CNN:
‘Trump discussed the idea in a private meeting last week with House Speaker Paul Ryan, a source familiar with the conversations said, as he reviewed the omnibus spending bill, which does not include funding for construction of a border wall. It was not immediately clear how serious Trump was about pursuing this option, but the move would likely face steep hurdles with appropriators in Congress.’
Stay tuned for more of Trump’s fake news tomorrow.
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