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Friday, February 22, 2019

President Donald Trump wants his social media followers to know that even if Congress is unwilling to give him as much money as he wants for a border wall, he's nonetheless building it. And he really is -- with a couple significant caveats. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted a time-lapse video from the Army Corps of Engineers that shows construction of bollard fencing along the southern border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

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The wall-like structure in Santa Teresa isn't new in more ways than one. The structure replaced fences and other barriers that were already there, KOAT-TV reports.

The AP reported that the project was "funded with operations and maintenance money budgeted through the Army Corps of Engineers," which explains why the Army Corps of Engineers' logo is on the video.

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According to KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, the project -- $73 million to build a "column-style wall that stretches for 20 miles west of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) port of entry in Santa Teresa" -- was actually completed last November.

Somebody posted something like this on facebook today that I saw. It was a Fox News video claiming to be about completion of a stretch of Trump's wall in the El Centro sector in CA.

Turns out it was video from October of last year where a previous barrier was replaced.

I'm trying to see if this is being pushed by right wing "news" sites (talk about propaganda networking...) or if it was just a Facebook glitch.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-21 07:35 PM | Reply


@#1 ... It was a Fox News video ...

If this is the video to which you refer ( twitter.com ), it is an Army Corps of Engineers video posted on Pres Trump's Twitter account yesterday (a.k.a. Feb 20, 2019).

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-21 07:48 PM | Reply


@#1

Also, as one of the comments in the Pres Trump tweet notes, Mexico did not pay for this construction.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-21 07:52 PM | Reply

Conservatives will still believe it. They will believe anything.

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-02-22 11:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Does it all really matter? I mean, in the end according to Obama, nobody ever builds anything themselves anyways.

#5 | Posted by humtake at 2019-02-22 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You had to walk half way round the block to find that ridiculous Obama deflection Hummer.

Does it matter that Trump over and over and over and over, insisted, against all known likely hood, that Mexico will pay for it?

Because that lie, "Mexico will pay for it" and that lie was the basis for the National Emergency.

And if the taxpayer gets the bill that Trump and the GOP promised we would get, 'Mexico will pay", that is the lie of the year.

Cant wait till next Dem Presnit deems Single payer HC is a National Emergency.

#6 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-02-22 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And if the taxpayer gets the bill that Trump and the GOP promised "would not get".

Dang.

#7 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-02-22 12:00 PM | Reply

"JUST COMPLETED MORE OF THE WALL THIS AFTERNOON!"

***shows same video again***

#8 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-02-22 12:50 PM | Reply

www.azfamily.com


Construction has begun on the fifth border wall project of Donald Trump's presidency, replacing up to 14 miles of barrier in San Diego.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the first panels are in place to replace a steel-mesh fence with steel bollards up to 30 feet high. SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, was awarded the $101 million contract in December.

It is the second layer of barrier in San Diego. Work on replacing the first layer is nearly complete, which is also 14 miles long and made of steel bollards up to 30 feet high.

Construction began three days after Trump declared a national emergency to build his proposed border wall with Mexico. Lawsuits have been filed over the emergency declaration. - Associate Press

#9 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-02-22 01:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

AssociateD Press

#10 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-02-22 01:10 PM | Reply

Does it all really matter? I mean, in the end according to Obama, nobody ever builds anything themselves anyways.

#5 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Man, did you hurt yourself with that stretch?

It was so far it didn't even come close to making sense.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-02-22 01:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

www.azfamily.com

Construction has begun on the fifth border wall project of Donald Trump's presidency, replacing up to 14 miles of barrier in San Diego.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the first panels are in place to replace a steel-mesh fence with steel bollards up to 30 feet high. SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, was awarded the $101 million contract in December.
It is the second layer of barrier in San Diego. Work on replacing the first layer is nearly complete, which is also 14 miles long and made of steel bollards up to 30 feet high.
Construction began three days after Trump declared a national emergency to build his proposed border wall with Mexico. Lawsuits have been filed over the emergency declaration. - Associate Press

#9 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE AT 2019-02-22 01:10 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

So you are saying replacing the 25 year old 10 foot welded metal panel wall in the first barrier and the 15 foot steel mesh in the second barrier with 30 foot steel thicker steel posts is what Trump meant by building his wall?

And these projects were approved in 2017 and 2018. Hell, the first barrier was completed in November.

Alright. Go ahead and upgrade the existing wall. Have fun.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-02-22 01:37 PM | Reply

#12 that's all he's actually doing as even Trump's plan has no intention of building in areas that represent natural barriers.

I think most of the wall supporters have this vision of wide open land where you can't tell where the US ends and Mexico begins. In rough areas, that's true. In places that are passable it's not true.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-22 02:17 PM | Reply

The 21 Trillion dollar deficit will pay for it.

#14 | Posted by LesWit at 2019-02-22 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pathetic. Pathetic that this dolt feels the need to keep running his mouth for all to see and pathetic that I read about it. He's a wretched, failed, 3rd rate game show host who is still grasping for fame. Just pathetic.

#15 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2019-02-22 03:28 PM | Reply

And wait until Trump starts eminent domain proceedings against the 1,000 or so families who own property along the Rio Grande River. there's one report about a women who's family has owned their farm on the Rio Grande for five generations. The feds have already notified her that they intended on 'taking' ONLY a 200 foot wide easement along the edge of the river (and that that is ALL they intend to pay for). Unfortunately her house is located slightly less than 200 feet from the river and when that was pointed out to the government they said not to worry, "They would make it work somehow." And then there's the issue that the farm depends on the river for much of the water needed for irrigation. This is going to become an enormous circus with thousands of terrible, heart rendering stories, along with images and videos, posted on social media, to say nothing of being reported on nightly cable-news and as as part of late-night talk-show monologues, during the run-up to the 2020 elections. If this doesn't derail Trump's reelection, it certainly has the potential to literally destroy any Republican Congressional and Senate campaign where the candidate has indicated that they're supporting Trump and his 'wall'. And this could play-out in state elections as well.

To the GOP, the 'cost' of Trump's wall could end-up being a lot HIGHER than simply that amount of tax-dollars that's going to have to be diverted from other parts of the budget, expenditures which would have covered projects and initiatives that would have benefited a significant portion of the population in much more direct ways than a concrete and steel 'monument' to the ego of Donald Trump.

OCU

#16 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-22 09:32 PM | Reply

So you are saying replacing the 25 year old 10 foot welded metal panel wall in the first barrier and the 15 foot steel mesh in the second barrier with 30 foot steel thicker steel posts is what Trump meant by building his wall? - #12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-02-22 01:37 PM
Do you think that I am the Associated Press?

#17 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-02-22 10:26 PM | Reply

If you do the math on this, the fence is insanely expensive.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-22 11:05 PM | Reply

Yes, Trump's claim that he needs %5.7 billion for his wall, would only pay for about 55 miles worth, and only it were built on land already controlled by the federal government. What is the cost going to be when he starts to "Finish the Wall", which if taken literally, would mean another 1,000+ miles of new wall, constructed on land most a which would have to be taken by eminent domain, increasing the cost per mile significantly, and NOT just to cover the actual payments to the landowners, but the legal fees paid out to all those Washington and New York law firms which are already staffed with millionaire buddies of Congressmen and presidents? Those legal fees will cover a lot of memberships to Mar A Logo and other conveniently located private golf clubs, to say nothing for all those Washington, D.C. hotel rooms that will need to be booked so that their people can be close to where the action is.

OCU

#19 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-23 11:09 AM | Reply

Conservatives will still believe it. They will believe anything Fat Nixon tells them.

#4 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2019-02-22 11:07 AM | FLAG:

Fixt.

#20 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-23 01:58 PM | Reply

We need BILLIONS for the Wall - Conservatives "YAY!"

Paid college and health care for the poor. - Conservatives "Well who is going to pay for that?!"

#21 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-23 02:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And if the taxpayer gets the bill that Trump and the GOP promised "would not get".
Dang.
#7 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR

I don't care. I'd rather my taxes go to protect the innocent rather than kill it before it can be born.

#22 | Posted by JordyPete at 2019-02-23 02:13 PM | Reply

Paid college and health care for the poor. - Conservatives "Well who is going to pay for that?!"
#21 | POSTED BY NIXON

Border security and controlling illegal immigration has already paid for the security we have now. Just finishing the job will triple that savings.

#23 | Posted by JordyPete at 2019-02-23 02:15 PM | Reply

It's a false saving. It's like the kid who bragged to his father about running home behind a bus thereby saving 50 cents, when he father yelled at him that if he had run home behind a taxi he could have saved five dollars.

OCU

#24 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-23 02:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"I'd rather my taxes go to protect the innocent rather than kill it before it can be born."

You don't give two ----- about the innocent after they're born.
This is why nobody believes that you give two ----- about them before they're born.
Thanks for reading and understanding.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-23 03:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Thanks to Jordy for shizzing his wit -- well, half of it anyway -- on this thread.

Next up, the odius Nobiaposter and his non sequiturs.

#26 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-02-23 03:52 PM | Reply

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