Trump Tweets Picture Of Border Wall But People Spot Huge Problem With It
It’s no secret Donald Trump loves tweeting, it’s something he spends maybe too much time doing considering he is the President of the United States, but what can anyone really do about it.
By now you would have thought the president had learnt to be careful on Twitter as it can often do more harm than good, as seen on Wednesday (March 28) when he shared photos of the supposed southern border wall.
No one gets excited by walls quite like Trump who tweeted ‘great briefing this afternoon on the start of our southern border wall’.
This of course was a huge moment for the president, seeing that the border wall was something he campaigned on passionately during his campaign.
However, as several Twitter users have noticed, the images Trump shared in the tweet are not actually of the new wall.
In fact they are of ongoing repairs being made to a pre-existing part of a fence in California, maintenance work that has been happening since 2009.
Denise Adams pointed out the problem writing:
That’s a fence not a wall and it’s a replacement of what was already there. You’ve done nothing but pat yourself on the back for things you haven’t done.
Jennifer Rose sarcastically was astounded by the president’s lie tweeting:
Trump promised a wall that Mexico would pay for. This is a fence that is being repaired with American money. I miss where any part of this is Trump keeping his promise.
CNN‘s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta instantly shut the president down replying:
Looks like the border fencing CNN reported on last April…
Terri Weinberg was left angered by Trump’s tweet writing in capital letters:
OK SO ANOTHER LIE!!!! THIS IS A REPLACEMENT WALL THAT WAS ORDERED IN 2009. THIS IS NOT YOUR WALL. WHAT A JOKE. SIGNED, AND [sic] HONEST CALIFORNIAN
Although we don’t know whether Trump’s tweet was a straight up lie in the sense he was purporting the images to be the southern wall or just a huge mistake in image sourcing, it’s clear people are not impressed.
A statement made by the US Customs and Border Protection department confirmed the repairs had been approved almost a decade ago, long before Trump was even near the White House.
The area of the border wall replacement will be an approximately 2.25-mile section replaced with 30-foot high bollard style wall.
The project covers an area from approximately the Calexico West Port of Entry extending westward beyond the Gran Plaza Outlets. The project also includes around 2.25 miles of all-weather roads.
Although the existing wall has proven effective at deterring unlawful cross border activity, smuggling organisations damaged and breached this outdated version of a border wall several hundred times during the last two years, resulting in costly repairs.
The construction of a more substantial replacement wall will better ensure the safety of agents and the public and create a better atmosphere for business and commerce, all while enhancing overall border security.
Trump is yet to respond to the outrage he has caused on Twitter being guilty of the thing he claims he most detests – ‘Fake News’.
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