At the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association Joint Conference Wednesday Trump continued his claims that not only will the wall be built...
"The Wall is very very on its way..."
...but it is currently being built.
"...it's happening, as we speak"
That's not exactly true. There's been some retrofitting, some additional fencing, and and according to the AP there hasn't even been one mile of new barrier constructed during his presidency. He may be referring to a stretch of concrete levee wall that was scheduled to be heightened and reinforced in February.
The RGV-03 project includes the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure including a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18 feet tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150 foot enforcement zone throughout the approximately six miles of levee wall system. The enforcement zone will also include detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel to the levee wall. This project lies within the McAllen Station area of responsibility in Hidalgo County, Texas.
He also says that it is going to be so big that climbing Mount Everest would be easier... Obvious, typical exaggeration, but if that's the standard he wants to set, then it should be noted that his wall would be infinitely easier to tunnel under than Mount Everest.
Trump is expected to sign a border deal that only provides $1.375 billion for a border barrier, well below the $5.7 billion he has demanded, to avoid another partial government Friday. He told reporters in the Oval Office that he will give the deal negotiated by Republicans and the "radical left" a serious look.
He will need to sign it before Friday to avoid another shutdown.
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