While President Trump remains resolute that a border wall will be built in his first term, other sources are less confident, with one declaring that senior Republican Senators consider the idea to be a joke.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s show Tuesday, Conservative radio host and author Laura Ingraham said that sources told her that senior Republican lawmakers literally ‘laughed out loud’ at the idea a wall would be built.
“One thing I know for sure, Sean, is that we have way too many people on Capitol Hill who are not on the president’s side of this. I’m talking Republicans.” Ingraham stated.
“So I have no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump wants this wall to be built. Congress has to appropriate the money. I heard over two months ago that GOP leadership, the most senior senators on Capitol Hill, and I heard it from someone who was in the room with them, they were laughing at an idea a wall would ever get built. Out loud laughing.” Ingraham claimed.
“They were recently telling that source of mine, ‘Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen.'” the pundit added.
Trump himself stated yesterday that he is confident that construction of the wall will begin soon.
When repeatedly asked “When will the wall get built?” by CBS reporter Major Garrett, Trump replied “It will start soon, very soon,”
“In your first term?” Garrett asked.
“Well it’s certainly gonna — yeah,” the president answered.
“Sure. We have plenty of time. Got a lot of time,” he added.
Trump also took to Twitter and derided the “fake media,” saying that he has not changed his position on the wall idea, and that It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking, etc.,”
Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
Meanwhile, Democrats continue to deride the idea, with some throwing every conspiracy theory they can think of at it.
The Hill reported Monday:
In a conference call with reporters, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, criticized Trump’s late push for some funding for the wall now, which she said would be wrong if it was budgeted for at the expense of government programs like those that help young people, the elderly and the environment.
“He did not promise that he would take food out of the mouths of babies and seniors and education, clean air, clean water, scientific research off the table in a significant way in order for him to pay for his immoral, ineffective, unwise proposal of a wall,” Pelosi said.
But she said she was open to some technology and other improvements at the border so long as they were not related in any way to the planning, prepping or building of the wall itself.