Monday evening, President Donald J. Trump said on Twitter that he has contracted a company to build 115 miles of wall along the southern United States border.
“I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!” he said.
I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
The announcement comes during a time when the federal government is partially shut down, after Democrats would not allocate $5 billion in budget money to build a wall on the border.
At the beginning of last week, Trump appeared to fold during budget talks, signaling that he would pass the continuing resolution to keep the government open even without funding the wall. After pushback from his base, he reversed course and put the screws to Democrats, telling them to fund the wall or risk shutting the government down. They chose the latter.
Since then, Trump has held talks with border hawks in the legislature on how to get the wall built for the American people, which was his central campaign promise.
Apparently, he has made some progress, announcing that he will move forward with 115 miles of wall in Texas. The border stretches about 2,000 miles in total. Some parts are walled and others are fenced, but as a whole, the border is porous.
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