Monday, July 13, 2020

Trump Claims Defective Section of Private Border Wall 'Only Done to Make Me Look Bad’

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 8:58 AM

click to enlarge President Donald Trump reviews U.S. Customs and Border Protection's wall prototypes in Otay Mesa, California. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / U.S. WHITE HOUSE
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  • President Donald Trump reviews U.S. Customs and Border Protection's wall prototypes in Otay Mesa, California.
If we've learned anything after three years of the Donald Trump presidency, it's that it really is about him. All the time.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that a reportedly flawed section of his South Texas border wall shouldn't have been built by a private company and that the project was intended to embarrass him.

"I disagreed ;with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads," Trump tweeted. "It was only done to make me look bad, and perhsps [sic] it now doesn’t even work. Should have been built like rest of Wall, 500 plus miles."

ProPublica and the Texas Tribune last week reported that the portion of the wall along the Rio Grande showed signs of erosion just months after being finished. Trump supporter Tommy Fisher's North Dakota-based Fisher Industries constructed the $42 million segment, which he dubbed a “Lamborghini” of walls.

Experts told the news organizations that troubling evidence of erosion under the three-mile structure suggests that it could fall into the river without repair work.

A subsequent story published Sunday by ProPublica and the Tribune pointed out that despite Trump's tweeted complaint about Fisher, the White House granted the supporter's company a $1.7 billion contract to build more sections of wall.

Fisher Industries pulled in the deal "despite a lawsuit around the South Texas project and an ongoing audit by the Pentagon’s inspector general of a previous border wall contract that is looking into possible 'inappropriate influence,'" according to the report.

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