PoliticsTrump blasts Washington Post report that he offered pardons to aides over border wall orders
New Mexico company chosen to build border wall part in Texas
An Albuquerque-based company has been awarded a more than $80 million contract to building a stretch of new border wall in Texas.
President Trump on Wednesday blasted The Washington Post over a report that he urged aides to do whatever is necessary to complete construction of the wall along the southern border, and that he would pardon them if they broke the law.
The president dismissed, which was published Tuesday night and included on the record comments from the White House press office, as a "totally Fake story."
"This was made up by the Washington Post only in order to demean and disparage - FAKE NEWS!" Trump tweeted.
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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency touted its progress on bringing President Donald Trump's border wall vision to fruition over the weekend, boasting that it has so far seen more than 60 miles of the long-promised partition built since 2017. © Mark Wilson/Getty President Donald Trump answers questions from the media before traveling to California to view prototypes of a proposed border wall on March 13, 2018. The Trump administration has completed 60 miles of its border wall project since 2017.
Another totally Fake story in the Amazon Washington Post (lobbyist) which states that if my Aides broke the law to build the Wall (which is going up rapidly), I would give them a Pardon. This was made up by the Washington Post only in order to demean and disparage - FAKE NEWS!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
that Trump has privately suggested that he would pardon officials who carry out potentially illegal orders connected to construction of a wall at the southern border and that he has grown worried not completing the structure by the 2020 election could hurt his reelection chances.
The Post reported that 60 miles of barrier to replace current fencing at the southern border has been completed in Trump's first term, which is about one-tenth of the barrier Trump promised voters.
‘Take the land’: President Trump wants a border wall. He wants it black. And he wants it by Election Day.
The White House is making an all-out push to get hundreds of miles of border barriers built before November 2020, largely to fulfill Trump’s signature campaign promise.
The president on Wednesday afternoonshowing a section of wall being built and claiming the structure is going up "very fast."
The White House did not return a request for comment Wednesday from The Hill on the details as reported by the Post. One anonymous White House official told the newspaper that Trump was joking with the talk about pardons.
A pair of Democratic presidential candidates seized on the Post's story to hammer Trump over reportedly dangling pardons.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)as a "lawless president," while former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) warned that the president "believes he's above the law."
Trump often derides news coverage that he dislikes as "fake news." He frequently targets both The Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, falsely claiming that the newspaper is a lobbying arm for the technology and retail giant.
Nadler subpoenas DHS for documents related to allegations Trump offered pardons to border officials.
The head of the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Department of Homeland (DHS) on Wednesday for documents related to allegations that President Trump promised pardons to officials who carry out orders connected to construction of a wall at the southern border that could be illegal.Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) asked Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan in the subpoena to provide documents related to two meetings in March and April of this year between Trump and DHS Officials where the topic of pardons reportedly came up, giving him a deadline of September 17.
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