AP FACT CHECK: President Trump's limit wall mirage

President Donald Trump speaks during a assembly with a organisation of sheriffs from around a nation before withdrawal a White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, for a outing to El Paso, Texas.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Donald Trump speaks during a assembly with a organisation of sheriffs from around a nation before withdrawal a White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, for a outing to El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Donald Trump on Monday presented a limit wall as a work in progress, hailing a start of a “big, large portion” with most some-more entrance soon. That’s a large deceit from a boss who has nonetheless to see an additional mile of separator finished given he took office.

With another probable supervision shutdown looming, and bootleg immigration still during a heart of a bill dispute, Trump is pulling out a stops to execute his due wall as essential to open safety. As he’s finished repeatedly, Trump also defied a record in claiming that a wall that Congress has refused to compensate for is fast entrance together anyway.

Trump addressed a theme during a White House assembly with sheriffs before withdrawal for El Paso, Texas, for an dusk rally. A demeanour during a few of his comments:

TRUMP, on preparations for his rally: “We have a line that is really prolonged already. we mean, we see what’s going on. And we know a competitor’s got a line, too, though it’s a tiny small line.”

THE FACTS: That’s not true. His criticism came about 4 hours before his El Paso convene and a competing one nearby, led by Beto O’Rourke, a impending Democratic presidential contender. The entertainment for both events was tiny during a time. People were station around in a dry wind, not so most lined up.

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TRUMP: “We’ve indeed started a big, large apportionment of a wall currently during a really critical location, and it’s going to go adult flattering fast over a subsequent 9 months. That whole area will be finished. It’s entirely saved … and we’re going to have a lot of wall being built over a subsequent duration of time.”

THE FACTS: There’s reduction going on here than his difference convey. Construction is removing started on merely 14 miles (23 kilometers) of extended barrier, certified by Congress about a year ago in an allowance that also certified income to reconstruct and strengthen some existent fencing. The prolongation will be in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. That’s not a “big, large portion” of a grand plan he betrothed in his debate and large times given — a wall that, total with existent fencing and healthy barriers, would sign a scarcely 2,000-mile (3,200-kilomete) limit with Mexico.

The quarrel with Democrats in Congress now is over his direct for a $5.7 billion down remuneration on a wall. That income would compensate for a tiny over 200 miles (320 kilometers) of new barrier. Democrats have refused to approve anything tighten to that for extended separator construction.

Trump also betrothed in a debate that he would make Mexico compensate for a wall, that it refused to do.

He hereditary over 650 miles (1,050 kilomleters) of limit separator from prior administrations.

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Associated Press writers Will Weissert in El Paso, Texas, Elliot Spagat in San Diego and Kevin Freking and Hope Yen in Washington contributed to this report.

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