Neighbors of former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama disputed President Trump’s bizarre claim on Sunday that a 10-foot wall stands around the Obama home in Washington, D.C.
“There’s a fence that goes along the front of the house, but it’s the same as the other neighbors have. It’s tastefully done,” one neighbor, who was kept anonymous, told The Washington Post.
Another neighbor also told the newspaper that the home is completely visible from the street.
“There is no 10-foot wall in the front, back or sides of the house — and no wall is going up,” the neighbor said.
As The Post’s Fact Checker notes, the Obamas added security fencing to a retaining wall in front of the home (it is not a compound) for the needs of the Secret Service. A guard booth was built, and fencing was added to the back.
“In trying to make the case for a high concrete border wall, Trump exaggerates about the Obama house in Washington, D.C. It is an 8,200 square foot Tudor-style home in the Kalorama residential area, but it is not a ‘compound.’ The Obamas added security fencing to an enlarged retaining wall in front for the needs of the Secret Service but there is not a ten-foot wall around the house; the front steps are open to the sidewalk. Chain link fencing, but no wall, was added to the back. While Trump says the border wall would be a ‘slightly larger version’ of the alleged Obama wall, he has previously described his proposed wall as 1,000 miles long, made of precast concrete slabs, rising 35 to 40 feet in the air,” the Fact Checker wrote.
Sorry, liar. No wall around the Obama home. pic.twitter.com/MO9HGYBVWV
— Joel Postman (@jpostman) December 31, 2018
Trump on Sunday wrote in a tweet that a “wall” around the Obamas’ home is the “same thing” that the U.S. needs on its southern border.
“President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!” he tweeted.
Trump, who has demanded $5 billion for wall funding and previously said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government over the money, had previously campaigned on a pledge to make Mexico pay for the structure.