Donald Trump Says Joe Biden Is Going To Finish ‘Building The Wall’
In an interview this week, President Donald Trump said that Joe Biden would finish building the border wall between the United States and Mexico. Trump was visiting Arizona, and appeared in an interview at the border with Mexico, where he talked about the effects of the pandemic, and the plans for continuing to build a physical barrier between the countries.
Fox 10 Phoenix reporter John Hook asked Trump, “Your opponent said recently that he would not guarantee he’d continue this construction.”
“He’ll complete it,” Trump responds. “You’d have a revolution if he didn’t.”
Notably, Trump had just finished saying that the wall will be “450 miles by the end of the year” and “completed very shortly after that.” While “very shortly” isn’t an exact metric, it doesn’t sound like Trump’s projecting that the wall will be completed a few presidential terms down the road, especially when he’s maintaining that Joe Biden will finish the job.
Trump’s wall messages are already somewhat mixed. In May, Politico fact-checked his claim that he had built 182 miles of wall, noting that the accurate numbers showed 187 miles of wall erected during Trump’s presidency, but that 182 miles of that replaced or repaired existing structures — only 15 miles of barrier are new.
The Arizona visit was, in part, to commemorate the completion of the 200th mile, according to Time. He also met with community leaders to discuss border security, and took a briefing on the wall’s progress. Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan told Fox News earlier this week that the administration is on track to make the 450-mile mark this year. The border between the U.S. and Mexico is nearly 2,000 miles, so that leaves about 3/4 of Trump’s promised wall to be completed (or not) after the end of this presidential term.