Kirsters Baish| When Donald Trump ran for office in 2016, one of his main campaign promises was to up our country’s national security by building a wall along the country’s shared border with Mexico. There have been modifications made to Trump’s original idea for a wall, but he is still set on getting it built.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Democrats have cried foul over the construction of a massive concrete barrier — and even the U.S. Border Patrol agents who demand a wall would prefer a barrier they can see through. So, the president recently shifted his talk of a border wall away from concrete in favor of concrete-reinforced “steel slats.”
It was reported by the Hill that the President spoke again of this very change in his vision for a border wall on Sunday. When Trump returned back to the White House after a meeting at Camp David with administration officials, he seemed to troll those against his border wall by emphasizing the word “steel” time and time again.
“So we’ve been in touch with a lot of people, and I informed my folks to say that we’ll build a steel barrier, steel, it’ll be made out of steel,” the President told reporters on the White House lawn.
He went on, “It’ll be less obtrusive and it’ll be stronger, and we’re able to use our great companies to make it by using steel. So, we’re going to be doing a steel barrier, and that gives us great strength at the border.”
Trump was clearly referring to the Dems when he continued on to say, “They don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel.”
On Sunday evening, the President posted a similar sentiment to his tens of millions of followers on Twitter. He wrote, “V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.”
V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
Conservative Tribune reports:
In a separate report on Sunday which revealed that Trump has not backed down from his vow to secure the border with some sort of barrier, The Washington Post reported on a letter sent to congressional leaders that provided details on how the requested border security appropriations would be spent, while simultaneously asking for more funds and reiterating that the border barrier would be steel instead of concrete.
The letter came from Russel Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, who stressed that a border wall was “central to any strategy” for border security, and specifically requested $5.7 billion for the construction of “234 miles of new physical barrier” that would be comprised of steel. It also introduced a new request for $800 million in funding to address the “humanitarian crisis” at the border.
Conservative Tribune explains, “Aside from the requested $5.7 billion for the 234 miles of steel barriers, the administration also requested hundreds of millions in other border security-related funding requests — such as for certain new technologies, more Border Patrol and ICE agents, transportation and humanitarian supplies and more immigration judges and detention center beds.”
“The statement also conveniently listed the differences between their requested amounts and how much Congress had already offered to grant them, which revealed that the administration sought an additional $5.6 billion more than the grand total of $5.1 billion already approved by Congress … of which a mere $1.6 billion was allocated by Congress to repair existing fencing, but not for any new construction,” the news outlet reports.