Published: Sat, August 31, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Donald Trump's border wall: how much has been built?

Donald Trump's border wall: how much has been built?

The Post reported that only 60 miles of barrier to replace current fencing along the southern border has been built during the first 2.5 years of Trump's first term-which is only about one-tenth of the 500 miles of border wall first promised to voters.

Meanwhile, crews in Arizona and New Mexico forged ahead Friday with construction of taller border fencing funded through a national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump.

Inside the White House, the president's aides say he is doing what he can to deliver on the promise, and quickly.

A former administration official told the Washington Post Trump has told aides who have raised objections about the legality of certain actions not to worry.

On MSNBC tonight, Painter first talked about the House Judiciary Committee investigating Trump's plan to hold the next G7 summit at his Doral resort and said, "They should have been investigating all of the illegal, unconstitutional emoluments, profits and benefits, that this president is receiving from foreign governments".

The president has repeatedly suggested during meetings on immigration policy that aides "take the land" and "get it done", according to a person who has heard him say it.

"He said people expected him to build a wall, and it had to be done by the election, " one former official said. And Trump said on Twitter later Wednesday that news coverage of his offering of a pardon was false.

Officials told him that some of the orders given to them by him were illegal or not possible. However, Trump has taken to reassuring aides: anyone who's caught or prosecuted for breaking the law will receive a presidential pardon. Trump was fixated on this idea in spite of the fact DHS rejected the proposal and the fact lawyers told the White House the move would "run afoul of the law".

Warned a senior official: "They don't care how much money is spent, whether landowners" rights are violated, whether the environment is damaged, the law, the regs or even prudent business practices'.

President Trump, more than any recent president, governs with a near-monomaniacal focus on what he thinks his base wants, especially on race, immigration, and their avatar, the wall.

"Central bank officials face a choice: enable the Trump administration to continue down a disastrous path of trade war escalation, or send a clear signal that if the administration does so, the president, not the Fed, will bear the risks - including the risk of losing the next election", Dudley wrote.

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