Validity on the origins of the same “Wall” can never be doubted. It has been and still remains the Donald Trump signal project
In the midst of the ongoing government shutdown which started on December 22, 2018, President Trump underscored his rationale for a longer United States-Mexico border wall, announced during his initial days in his quest for the presidency. Yet, the wall continues to define POTUS’ vain obstinacy as he proceeds to define what he believes in the wall’s meaning.
Of the roughly 2,000-mile border between the two referenced countries, there has been some construction built earlier as records indicate how the first fenced-border had
a 700-mile length constructed by the U.S. government in 1989. The most recent addition to that same border wall and fencing was in 2006 during the signing of the Secure Fence Act into law.
Many a time, since Trump announced his presidential campaign, the wall, as a subject of his much-talked about programs became a principal theme on its own.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I
will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
The above-mentioned announcement was repeated everywhere Trump went to rally his base, so much so that it became a constant in all of his campaign rallies for over two years.
By itself, and Trump’s excessive, frequent statements in reference to the wall, the same subject has taken on multi-faceted versions: in heights; lengths; costs; and materials.
As he sounded off wherever he would go, whatever constituted his audiences, as a candidate, Trump would praise himself in his descriptions of the proposed wall, calling it made of
“natural barriers, which are pretty good, but not as good” as the particular wall he had in mind.
As early as the Republican debates throughout the campaign for the presidency, Trump was explicit “that a wall did not need to be built along the entire border.”
In a December 2015 campaign stop, Trump took time to describe his plans for the wall.
“In our case, we really need 1,000 miles, it’s 2,000 miles but some are natural borders, natural barriers which are pretty good,” was a common description of the Trump wall project.
In 2015, Trump envisioned a concrete wall. Answering a question articulated by a guest in the audience, he proudly described it: “It’s going to be made of hardened concrete, and
it’s gonna be made out of steel. It would be a tall wall.”
That same year, Trump stated that the wall could be up to 50 feet; although the length of the wall was ambiguous. Reportedly, Candidate Trump never explicitly rallied for a wall
that spanned the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border.
When the Republican Party made the wall project part of its 2016 National Convention platform, Trump, via Twitter said: “The new GOP platform now includes language that supports
the border wall. We will build the wall and make America Safe Again. There are natural barriers which are pretty good, but not as good as the wall, but pretty good.”
At what he thought were major campaign stops, Trump explained more about the wall as his main project.
“In our case, we need really 1,000 miles, it’s 2,000 miles, same as natural borders, since they are pretty good, not as good as the wall, but you know what, let’s use it, right. So
we’re gonna need about 1,000 miles and think of it. China did 13,000 miles, theirs was 2,000 years ago.”
In a February 2016 interview with MSNBC, the Trump plan, still on the wall, would go “probably 35 or 40 feet up.”
The height reduction was short-lived, however. Later, in that same interview, Trump indicated: “And I heard Mexican President Vicente Foz said that we will not pay. Guess what,
the wall just got higher.”
At rallies in early 2016, Trump repeatedly said how the wall gained “10 feet every time Mexico rejected paying for it.”
Explaining more on the wall’s height, Trump reverted to his earlier claim that the wall would be “50 feet high.”
When he was asked about the correct height of the wall, Trump’s reply was: “It would be a good 35 feet.” He reiterated: “Mexico will pay for the wall in one form or another,”
In June 2017, President Trump proposed a new funding source for the wall: solar energy.
At a White House meeting, Trump envisioned “beautiful structures, 40-50 feet high, generating clean electricity from the sun.”
He told lawmakers they would discuss a solar-paneled wall “as long as they acknowledged it was his idea.”
One subject Trump brought up when queried about the wall: “Building had technically, already begun. We’ve already started the wall because we’re fixing large portions of the wall
What could never be a falsehood is the government shutdown, the longest in history. That shutdown rests on the president’s demand for $5.7 billion from U.S. legislators to construct
200 miles of wall.