Conservative columnist Ann Coulter issued a put-up-or-shut-up demand Tuesday to President Donald Trump, challenging him to identify exactly where his administration has erected new border barriers between the U.S. and Mexico.
Trump claimed Saturday on Twitter that the ‘[m]ajor sections of Wall are being built.’ He tweeted a day earlier that his long-promised border wall ‘is being built and is well under construction.’ …
Sadly, Trump is lying about the new wall:
Trump tweeted a photo in January that he said showed a section of ‘NEW WALL,’ but didn’t say where it was. The image included a date-stamp indicating that it was taken in October.
Since then all of his public statements have boasted of new wall construction – not renovation of older structures. ‘The Wall is being built and will be a great achievement,’ he tweeted February 12.
A week later his Twitter feed published a time-lapse video appearing to show a section of steel-slatted bollard wallbeing erected ‘in New Mexico.’ The tweet said it was ‘[c]ompleted on January 30, 2019 – 47 days ahead of schedule! Many miles more now under construction!’
The footage bore the logo of the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency that serves as general contractor for large federal public-works projects.
An Army Corps spokesman told a military blog the following day that the video was shot on Sep. 18, 2018. It consisted of ‘a replacement project,’ pre-approved repair work, and not a new wall.
No, it’s just replacing existing wall.
The New York Times reported in January that ‘no new miles of barriers had been built’ during the Trump administration, although [s]ome existing barriers have been replaced.’
DailyMail.com asked the White House on Tuesday to identify the location of any ‘place where there’s a barrier now and there was none on Inauguration Day.’
One White House spokesperson referred the question to another, who did not respond. A Homeland Security Department spokesperson said information might be available ‘tomorrow at the earliest.’