Trump is now claiming that he opposed the privately-built border wall that engineers say is in danger of falling into the Rio Grande.
A reminder from ProPublica:
Tommy Fisher’s New Mexico and South Texas private fence projects have gone up with financial and political help from We Build the Wall, an influential conservative nonprofit that counts former Trump political strategist Steve Bannon as a board member. The group says it has raised $25 million toward the private wall effort and claims to have agreements with landowners on 250 miles of riverfront property in Texas.
Fisher’s success and the $1.3 billion contract in Arizona he won in May — the largest border wall contract ever awarded — came despite repeated questions about his qualifications and work. Last December, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., called for the Pentagon’s inspector general to review Fisher’s first $400 million fence contract, awarded in December over concerns of “inappropriate influence.” The audit is ongoing.
I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads. It was only done to make me look bad, and perhsps it now doesn’t even work. Should have been built like rest of Wall, 500 plus miles. https://t.co/L8RUPCAhqc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2020
“only done to make me look bad,” nice try, you ludicrous goober. oh please, listen to yourself. your stupid racist wall is an unbuildable, unmaintainable, unenforceable racist boondoggle, and this mini-wall, built by one of your kool-aid guzzling true believers, is a microcosm
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 12, 2020
A brief history of all Trump’s lies about the Wall:
– It’s necessary
– It’s easy
– Mexico will pay
– Americans should pay
– Other presidents wanted it
– It’s concrete
– It’s steel
– It’s invisible
– It’s a fence
– It’s a barrier
– It’s already built
– I didn’t build THAT bit!
— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) July 12, 2020
This is a giant lie. You overrode the Army Corps of Engineers and made them award this contract after the guy went on Fox to praise you. That’s all it takes to manipulate you. Now you see why we don’t award construction contracts based on flattery. https://t.co/paaBL5D8wx pic.twitter.com/CfkiKD3pQi
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) July 12, 2020