FACT CHECK: Trump Says His Border Wall Is Under Construction. He Was Just Caught Lying
President Donald Trump told his supporters at a campaign rally last week that he was following through on his promise to build a border wall.
"It's not 'build that wall' anymore, it's, 'Continue building that wall,'" he said. "Because we're building it."
As notated by NBC News, he said the same thing a day later at the White House.
"We’ve started the wall," Trump said. "Started up in San Diego and other places. It's under construction with $1.6 billion dollars, but we’re going to ask for an increase in wall spending so we can finish it quicker."
He straight-up lied both times.
Here's the truth: Fencing has been built, but it's not the type of concrete wall that Trump promised.
Congress rejected his $25 billion plan in the $1.3 trillion spending bill. Trump only has $1.6 billion to work with, far below what he was asking for.
The long and short of it: The bill only provides 33 miles of new "border fencing and levees, not a concrete wall."
Several media outlets have already reported on this. Politifact reviewed Trump's statements and said that the San Diego construction that Trump was referring to was only to "replace fencing," not a concrete wall that Trump promised, just like Congress stated.
"The one thing we don’t fund is the one issue we all campaigned on — a border security wall — and that is not in the legislation," Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, founder of the House Freedom Caucus, said of the omnibus bill.
CNN's Jake Tapper did a good job fact-checking President Trump. He brought up Trump's past tweets on how a fence was different from a wall, and that his would "not be a fence, but a wall, and there's a BIG difference."
Trump acknowledged the differences between the two, but is now calling his fences as the beginning constructions of a wall.
Trump was given a "Mostly False" rating by Politifact based on all this information.