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May 19, 2019

Trump touts new border wall construction with five-month-old video footage

February 22, 2019
People work on the U.S./Mexican border wall in February of 2019 in El Paso, Texas. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted a video on Wednesday that appeared to show time-lapse footage of wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border, in an attempt to signal to his followers that his national emergency declaration was already working.

However, the footage is actually five months old.


“THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT W!” Trump exclaimed while self-retweeting a video he had posted Wednesday.

According to a report by Task & Purpose, “the footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn’t really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of ‘the wall’ that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.”

“It’s a replacement project,” Mike Petersen, public affairs director for the Army Corps of Engineers’ South Pacific Division, said. “We were doing border wall replacement work” 12 years ago, he added.

Peterson told Task & Purpose the footage showed efforts to upgrade an existing 20-mile stretch of vehicle barrier being upgraded to bollard-style fencing.

Army Corps of Engineers officials stressed that the footage of the completed project does not show current or ongoing construction. USACE added that the upgraded fencing was paid for under an executive order Trump signed shortly after taking office in 2017.

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