Trump insisted throughout his campaign and during much of the last nearly two years as president that the wall would be concrete. Now he’s talking about a “slat fence” made of steel or a “steel slat barrier” which he proclaimed will be “artistically designed” and “beautiful.”
It’s “a wall or a slat fence, or whatever you want to call it,” he said later in a video the night the partial government shutdown began after he refused to sign any temporary spending bill unless it included billions for his wall.
A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful! pic.twitter.com/sGltXh0cu9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
Pelosi scoffed in an interview published Tuesday: “First of all … he says, ‘We’re going to build a wall with cement, and Mexico’s going to pay for it.’ While he’s already backed off of the cement, now he’s down to, I think, a beaded curtain or something.”
As for Mexico paying for a wall, budget director and incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in an interview on ABC Sunday that “you and I know it cannot work exactly like that.” He conceded that the Department of Homeland Security “can’t actually spend money from Mexico; we have to get it from the Treasury.”
Pelosi, likely to become House majority leader after newly elected Democrats take office, also ripped Trump in the interview as a “fear monger” stirring up unfounded worries of immigrant “terrorism” and disease. “He’s using scare tactics that are not evidence-based, and it’s wrong,” she told USA Today.