Trump changes course: No longer wanting wall, describes new way to explain expensive fence
President Donald Trump is no longer seeking to build an expensive, concrete wall after Republicans and Democrats alike refused in the first two years of his presidency to fund it.
Now - with a looming shutdown likely due to Trump's insistence that he get some type of funding to the tune of $5 billion to build it, it looks like he is reversing course by saying he never wanted a concrete wall in the first place. Instead, he's building "artistically designed steel slats."
In other words: It sounds like Trump is building a really expensive fence or something he might even be able to buy at IKEA.
Trump claims the idea is better because it will save "billions" of dollars a month. We believe this is his last resort option and he is doing it in order to erect something as fast as possible. If he doesn't, it will upset a lot of his supporters who put him in the White House just so he could do this.
There is some good news out of all of this: On Tuesday it was reported that Trump might be backing away from his shut down threat after all. If he doesn't, large parts of the government will shut down on Saturday, and it will impact a countless amount of federal workers just before Christmas. It would require them to go without pay, including members of the Secret Service who protect Trump.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed during an interview with Fox News earlier in the day that they have "other ways we can get to that $5 billion" for the wall. Or, um, structure. Whatever you want to call it.
“At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border,” Sanders said.
“There are certainly a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use, that we can couple with money that would be given through congressional appropriations that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our border,” she said.