The US Office for Customs and Border Security updated its accounting of progress on President Trump's border wall project on Wednesday and concluded that 42 miles of border trees have been completed since he took office.
That's more than double the 20 miles of finished walls that the agency reported in an internal document that DailyMail.com received on Monday. But that & # 39; Border Wall Status & # 39; summary contradicted itself in two places, raising questions that the CBP corrected three days later.
The totals in Thursday's new report still failing to deliver what the President promised hours later, on a day when he agreed to omit new wap financing from a $ 19.1 billion disaster relief account to get it to his desk.
& # 39; We will soon have hundreds of miles under construction & # 39 ;, he told White House reporters, & # 39; and we will have more than 400 miles by the end of next year. & # 39; That self-imposed deadline comes in time to help with his re-election.
The White House press, Sarah Sanders, said Wednesday that between 100 and 115 miles of the long-promised wall of the president have been completed. On Monday, Trump said by the end of 2020 that 500 miles would be complete.
The new CBP report also reduces from 255 to 205 the number of miles for which the administration has obtained funding outside of a Pentagon funding channel that Trump activated when he declared a national emergency in February.
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President Trump's wall on the wall got a boost on Thursday when US Customs and Border Protection concluded that 42 miles were completed
Most of the wall construction in the Trump era, and most of what is planned, consists of replacement walls – no barriers where none existed before Trump took office – and Trump promises to be completed more than 400 miles by the time he faces election
A new US Customs and Border Protection report on the status of the border wall construction, dating from Thursday, explains how much progress has been made – 42 miles – on the project that turned Donald Trump into an immigration hawk hero; CBP has a financing plan for 336 miles
Both versions suggest that 336 miles are generally funded, including the role of the defense ministry. during the presidency of Trump. Thursday's report concludes that 12.5 percent of it has been done so far.
& # 39; Since January 2017, approximately 205 miles of new and replacement border barriers have been funded through the traditional credit process and through Treasury Forfeiture Funding, of which about 42 kilometers have been completed so far, & quot; said the Thursday report.
CBP changed the way it refers to parts of the wall that were built along parts of the border between the United States and Mexico, where weaker barriers existed before Trump's inauguration.
True Monday report referred to & # 39; updated & # 39; Walls, Thursday describes & # 39; replacements & # 39 ;.
In general, only 110 miles of walls from the CBP report consist of & # 39; new & # 39; barriers where the border between the United States and Mexico was previously open to vehicle and foot traffic. The rest are & # 39; replacement & # 39; wall sections.
Then a host of & # 39; Fox & Friends & # 39; Last Wednesday to the White House Secretary, Sarah Sanders, asked how much of the wall was ready, she replied: & # 39; There is more than 100 kilometers. I think it's almost 115 miles. & # 39;
Trump is still proud of his promise to ward off much of the southern US border, and needs something to show his supporters in time to face re-election in 2020.
Trump downplayed the news about Thursday's disaster financing, which did not include the money he demanded to expand his wall building project, and in the White House said that & # 39; we will receive immigration money later, according to everyone & # 39;
Both the White House President and Secretary, Sarah Sanders, have claimed this week that the administration will have completed around 500 miles by the end of next year; Trump adjusted that Thursday to & # 39; far above the 400 miles & # 39;
Trump played down the news of Thursday's disaster financing and said in the White House that & # 39; we will receive immigration money later, according to everyone. & # 39;
Senator Richard Shelby, the Alabama republican who is chairman of the Senate Credit Committee, told The Wall Street Journal that & i'm sure he wanted the border, it's humanitarian money, but we've taken everything out. We will try to push that separately when we return. & # 39;
According to a chart in the report, the parts of the wall that are funded and at different stages of contracting and competition contain 86 miles & # 39; new primary wall & # 39; and 24 miles & # 39; new dike wall & # 39 ;. Also included are 68 miles of & # 39; replacement primary wall & # 39 ;, 144 miles & # 39; replacement vehicle wall & # 39; and 14 miles & # 39; replacement secondary wall & # 39 ;.
CBP lists the sources of funding that the US Army Corps of Engineers uses for construction contracts in three buckets.
The first two, together accounting for 205 miles of new and updated border barriers, are regular conference credits and money shifted from a Treasury Department fund equal to cash from the sale of forfeited assets such as cars and real estate.
A separate Defense program that will build walls to block drug smugglers, according to the CBP, will contribute another 131 miles of barriers.
Almost all of the documented border wall constructions that the Trump administration has used to date consisted of replacing some existing barriers and reinforcing others with secondary fences.
Tuesday news items described a bleak picture of inefficiency, based on a statement from the top attorney of the Lower House to a federal judge in California.
House General Counsel Douglas Letter wrote to Judge Haywood Gilliam that the Trump government has now installed 2.7 kilometers of fencing & # 39; with the $ 1.57 billion Congress allocated for the fiscal year that ended on September 30.
That turned out to be only partially true: federal contract rules, along with the time it took for construction, could mean that a year or more passes between when agencies receive money and when a project is completed.
And the funding stream Letter described is only a small part of the money available for the Dutch DPA.
The office's status memo describes plans to build 80 miles of wall sections with Congress fees from 2018, including 14 miles in San Diego, 13 in Texas and 41 in parts of California and Arizona where weaker & # 39; pedestrian gates & # 39; will be replaced.
None of these projects are expected to be ready at the earliest until & # 39; early 2020 & # 39 ;.
The White House press officer, Hogan Gidley, said in an email on Wednesday that the pace of the wall construction is in line with other federal construction projects & # 39 ;.
& # 39; More construction starts the following month, & # 39; he said.
Customs and border protection says that the & # 39; expired & # 39; has replaced border barriers that consisted of such Norman-style barriers, as shown in April 2018 between Santa Teresa, New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
And CBP expects to get a contract for another 12 miles from the Texas wall by the end of this year – still dependent on 2018 money.
When Trump shot on Twitter on Wednesday, he tried not to explain how long it takes to use federal taxpayer dollars.
Instead, he defended what he said: & # 39; a complete demolition and reconstruction of old and worthless barriers with a brand new wall and foundation. & # 39;
& # 39; The problem is, the Haters say this is not a new wall, but rather a renovation. Wrong, and we have to build where it is most needed, & he added.
The president has referred billions of dollars to his wall project through a national emergency statement, reusing money from the Treasury and Defense Ministries and pulling lawsuits such as moths to a candle.
Both houses of Congress voted to revoke that statement in March and to approve a resolution in which the president immediately vetoed.
& # 39; An enormous amount of work is also being done on pure renovation – fixing existing walls that are in poor condition and ineffective, and bringing them to a very high standard! & # 39; Trump decided.
On Tuesday, the general counsel of the House of Representatives told a judge that the CBP has now built 2.7 kilometers of fencing & # 39; with the $ 1.57 billion it received for the project in the fiscal year that ended on September 30 last year; that is misleading because contract rules and building calendars mean that years can pass between when an agency receives money and when a project is completed, and it represents only one of many financing flows
A CBP spokesperson told DailyMail.com in March that it had not built any walls at all at that time to protect parts of the southern border of America where there were no barricades before.
& # 39; The first new wall project, where there is currently no barrier, is expected to start in April & # 39 ;, said CBP spokesman Roger Maier at the time. He identified Hidalgo County as the location of the construction project, a border area along a meandering 50-mile stretch of the Rio Grande.
CBP said last year that & # 39; designing and constructing about 25 miles of dike wall system & # 39; in that province, whose anchor is the border town of McAllen.
The agency reported in March, after DailyMail.com reported Maier's comments, that it had built 38 miles of the new border wall system in CA NM & TX, offering new opportunities to replace inefficient infrastructure, such as barriers in Normandy were designed to stop vehicles not people on foot. & # 39;
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