Feeling the pressure from the mounting legal battle over his National Emergency declaration, President Donald Trump announced in a series of tweets this week that work is being done on the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Just one problem: He used months-old footage of repairs on *existing* parts of the wall as evidence of his claims.
“We have just built this powerful Wall in New Mexico,” Trump tweeted Wednesday with a time-lapse video showing wall construction at the border in New Mexico. He wrote that this particular portion of the wall had been completed on Jan. 30, “47 days ahead of schedule” and that “many miles more” were currently under construction.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
The next day, he tweeted that “THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW!”
THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW! https://t.co/exUJCiITsz
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
The footage tweeted by Trump actually shows work being done on the Santa Theresa Project Border Wall Replacement Project, a project upgrading a 20-mile stretch of pre-existing vehicle barriers to bollard-style fence, according to Task & Purpose.
According to MSNBC’s Brian Williams, the station’s affiliate in Albuquerque, NM, “immediately recognized the video from Santa Theresa, New Mexico and set us straight.”
“They said it’s replacement of existing fencing authorized by Congress back in 2017 and not the wall as we’ve come to know it,” Williams said, adding that “Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star, the official fact-checker in this area, told us in this very studio last week that no new wall construction is under way.”
President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of work along the border wall in New Mexico: "Many miles more now under construction."
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 21, 2019
“It’s a replacement project,” Mike Peterson, public affairs director for the Army Corps of Engineers’ South Pacific Division, told Task & Purpose. “I’ve been in this division for 12 years and we were doing border wall replacement work back then.”
Your wall is a metaphor for your penis. We don't want to see it and you cannot get it up.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) February 21, 2019
You seem sane.
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) February 21, 2019
This isn't "YOUR WALL." They have been putting up physical barriers along the border and renovating them since 1990. Nice try in tricking your base to believe that you are upholding your promise.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 21, 2019
1) That's not a wall, it's a fence
2) That's just the replacement of existing fence
3) Nothing new is being built
4) You're delusional
5) Roger Stone is going down and he's taking you with him: https://t.co/Bm4Rdg0hPj
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) February 21, 2019
In an age where we can use the Internet to look up and verify any information, it is truly astounding that there are human adults who believe the things this man says
— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) February 21, 2019
BEHOLD, this tiny little bit of pre-planned fencing that was already in the works but I shall claim credit for!
BEHOLD how greatly I oversee the completion of that with which I had nothing to do!
Behold deez nuts, Spanky.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 21, 2019
That’s a fence (which was already scheduled) that can easily be climbed over. Is your base that stupid, or do you just think they are?
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) February 21, 2019
Dear #Trump'sters: only a shameless pathological liar like your fake president could actually show you his own video of a little fence as he's telling you it's a "powerful wall." He really thinks you're all just a bunch of idiots…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) February 20, 2019
When is Mexico sending a check?
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 20, 2019