Donald Trump, on Wednesday, misleadingly tweeted regarding on-going work on the Southern Border Wall, along with alleged photos of the project.
Reportedly, the photos were not from the said project but of construction work underway to replace a small barrier near Calexico, California.
The President’s misleading tweet read, “Great briefing this afternoon on the start of out Southern Border WALL!”
Trump has been struggling to procure adequate funding for his proposed Mexican border wall project which was a flagship promise in his election campaign. His tweet was accompanied by four images of cranes and on-going construction work in Calexico, California.
Plans for the Calexico project began in 2009, much before Trump started talk of a border wall during his campaign. So far, no bills have been passed by Congress specifying funding for Trump’s wall.
Last Friday, the President reluctantly signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill into law, which primarily increased military spending but failed to mention the border wall.
This came after his tweet threatening to veto the bill, which would have led to a government shutdown.
In his campaign speeches, Trump claimed that Mexico would pay for the border wall; however, now he is frustrated with Congress over lack of funding for it.
Trump reportedly wanted $25 billion in long term funding for the border wall.
According to a Washington Post article published in January this year, President Donald Trump has made 1950 false or misleading claims over 347 days; this amounts to an average of 5.6 claims per day.
Twitter users were quick to respond to Trump’s misinformative tweet.
One user said, “You’ve done nothing but pat yourself on the back for things you haven’t done.”
That’s a fence not a wall and it’s a replacement of what was already there. You’ve done nothing but pat yourself on the back for things you haven’t done.
— Denise Adams 🌊 (@elevenstars) March 28, 2018
“This insanity was #notapproved”, another user said.
— Audrey U (@AudreyU2) March 28, 2018
Another Twitter user reminded Trump of his campaign promises.
Trump promised a wall that Mexico would pay for. This is a fence that is being repaired with American money. I miss where any part of this is Trump keeping his promise.
— Jennifer Rose (@satonatack) March 28, 2018