Donald Trump told assistants that he would pardon them if they built his wall by seizing private land and breaking environmental laws because he is in a hurry to finish hundreds of miles and paint them BLACK by Election Day
- Trump made building a wall on the southern border a primary campaign promise
- He reprogrammed funds from other agencies, including the Pentagon and FEMA
- Allegedly, he told assistants that he would be granted them if they would circumvent laws by seizing land and abiding by environmental regulations
- Trump said Monday that he has completed more environmental impact statements than anyone else
- The White House did not explicitly deny the grace comments, but an official said Trump was joking
President Donald Trump tells White House assistants that he will grant their pardon if they break the law in a hurry to build border walls before the November elections.
Trump, who made building a wall on the southern border a top campaign promise, has already taken extraordinary action to accelerate construction, allowing millions of funds to be reprogrammed by other agencies, including the Pentagon and FEMA.
A former administrative officer told the Washington Post Trump has not worried assistants who have raised objections about the legality of certain actions.
President Trump has told assistants that he will pardon them if they break the law in a hurry to build a new wall. An official said he was joking
"Don't worry, I'll forgive you," Trump told officials at a wall meeting, the Washington Post reported. A former official said: & # 39; He said people expected him to build a wall, and that had to be done by the election. & # 39;
A White House official did not deny the statements, but told the newspaper that the president was joking. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said: & # 39; & # 39; Donald Trump promised to secure our border with sound, rational immigration policies to make American communities safer, and that happens wherever the wall is built. He just destroyed more fabrications by people who hate the fact that the status quo, which has paralyzed this country for decades, is finally changing, because President Trump is moving faster than anyone in history to the wall building the border and securing immigration policies that the American people voted for. & # 39;
Trump has shown interest in the color of the wall and has ordered it to be painted black with sharp ends
View of the Mexico-USA wall on June 18, 2019, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
So far, the government has replaced about 60 miles of the border barrier
Securing land against cattle farmers along the southern border that is needed to build extra walls in remote locations has been a robbery. Another are potential environmental threats to species, migration patterns and the Rio Grande river basin.
Trump has regularly resisted environmental issues, and on Monday, when asked if he believed in global warming, he said he made more environmental impact statements than anyone else.
Trump deals with the details of the wall, approves prototypes, calls it to be transparent in areas and weighs the color.
At a meeting of the White House on May 23, Trump ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to paint steel gates black, revealing internal documents reviewed by the Post. Documents reveal that the force is responding to Trump's request and instructing contractors to carry out the assignment.
According to an analysis of the article, 175 kilometers of paints will add between $ 70 million and $ 133 million to the tab.
Trump told assistants that he wants spike tips on top of the wall, according to the report.
Warned a senior official: & # 39; they don't care how much money is spent, or the rights of landowners are violated, or the environment is damaged, the law, the regs or even sensible commercial practices. & # 39;
Trump may have been joking about his grace, but he has used it to relieve political allies during his presidency. Among those who have received Trump grace are former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is now trying to make a political comeback.
To date, the force has replaced approximately 60 miles of border barrier. Trump said that existing barriers were falling down and needed to be replaced.
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