Trump Administration Pushes Again on Media Report Claiming ‘Zero New Partitions’ Constructed


President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing again on a media report that claimed no new partitions had been constructed alongside the southern border with Mexico.

The Day by day Mail revealed a narrative on Thursday that stated the Trump has constructed “ZERO new partitions regardless of claiming in any other case for months,” citing a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Safety spokesman Roger Maier.

Maier advised the British publication that the “first new wall venture, the place no barrier at present exists, is anticipated to start out in April.”

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A senior administration official took problem with the Day by day Mail’s story. Constructing partitions the place there have been gaps or solely small or ineffective non-wall obstacles earlier than is, by definition, constructing new partitions, that official advised The Day by day Caller Information Basis on Friday.

Maier additionally launched a press release to TheDCNF on Friday stating that the administration has constructed “new border wall” the place non-wall obstacles had beforehand existed.

“CBP has constructed and continues to construct new border wall alongside the Southwest border. Up to now, CBP has constructed 38 miles of latest border wall system in San Diego and Calexico, California, Santa Teresa, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas,” Maier stated.

“This new wall gives new functionality by changing ineffective or dilapidated infrastructure, akin to Normandy-style obstacles designed solely to cease autos, not individuals on foot. This ongoing building is a part of about 115 miles of latest border wall system underway utilizing FY2017 and FY2018 funding. FY19 funding additionally gives for about 55 miles of latest border wall,” he added.

The disconnect between the Day by day Mail’s story and the Trump administration’s place hinges on whether or not changing non-wall obstacles with partitions counts as “new wall.”

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TheDCNF has reached out to Day by day Mail reporter David Martosko, the writer of the story in query, for remark.

CBP launched a video on Monday exhibiting that the company had constructed two miles of “bollard wall” in CBP’s El Centro Sector in California, “instantly west of the Calexico Port of Entry.”

That venture changed outdated fencing with the “bollard wall.”

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