During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday, President Donald Trump talked at length about the border wall when asked what progress had been made.
“We’ve repaired, I mean, literally — you know, many, many miles. I could give you numbers but many, many miles,” Trump told Hannity. “We are building many miles. We’re going to have hundreds of miles are already under construction or soon to be under construction.”
rump has jumped around on questions of his wall’s progress, suggesting in February “THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW!” seemingly walking back a claim he made just one week earlier that “in fact, we were restricted to renovating.”
It’s unclear what Trump is claiming when he told Hannity “we’re going to have hundreds of miles are already under construction or soon to be under construction.” In a way, this epitomizes how Trump talks about the wall – vague, confusing language that often translates into inaccurate hyperbole.
So what has been built?
Thus far, only repairs and replacements of barriers along the border have taken place. In mid-March, the CBP told CNN that “approximately 38 of 40 miles of wall in place of outdated designs in San Diego and El Centro, California, Santa Teresa, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas” using fiscal year 2017 funds.