Builder Of Private Border Wall Trump Says He Opposed Got $1.7B In Contracts

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“The President isn’t telling the truth again.”

According to The Hill, a private company that President Trump “targeted for criticism over its efforts to construct a barrier near the U.S.-Mexico border reportedly received $1.7 billion in federal wall contracts after lobbying the president personally on cable news.”

  • The Texas Tribune reported Monday that Fisher Sand and Gravel received $1.7 billion from the Defense Department and the Army Corps of Engineers for what has resulted in a stretch of about three miles of border fencing near the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona,” The Hill wrote.
  • Trump “blasted the company in a tweet Sunday morning, claiming that the project was undertaken to ‘make me look bad’ and indicating that it never had his support,” the report said.

  • According to The Washington Post, however, “Trump himself supported the project and inquired personally about the company’s bid for funding,” The Hill wrote.
  • Rep. Bonnie Thompson (D-MS), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee and has called for an audit of the project, told the Tribune that the president was not being truthful about his efforts to support Fisher Sand and Gravel.

"The President isn’t telling the truth again. The Administration has awarded huge contracts to the same company, which is under Federal investigation, that built this fence,” said Thompson. “His Administration has also entertained outsourcing to private firms to get more mileage done before the election at the expense of proper oversight. There is no reason for construction to continue during a pandemic."

  • Ryan Patrick, a US attorney with the southern district of Texas “who initiated the federal government's lawsuit against Fisher, also took aim at the project in a lengthy Twitter thread accusing the project of not making tactical sense and calling it an expensive vanity project,” The Hill reported.

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