President Donald Trump defended the construction of his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in a bizarre series of tweets in which he compared it to the invention of “the wheel” and boasted that he understood technology “better than anyone”.
“The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “The fact is there is nothing else’s (sic) that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better.
The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned. The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better. I know tech better than anyone, & technology…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
“I know tech better than anyone, & technology on a Border is only effective in conjunction with a Wall. Properly designed and built Walls work, and the Democrats are lying when they say they don’t.
“In Israel the Wall is 99.9% successful. Will not be any different on our Southern Border! Hundreds of $Billions saved!”
Although it was members of his own party who refused to include $5 billion in funding for his border wall in a stopgap spending bill that passed the Senate on Thursday, Trump blamed the Democrats, accusing them of “lying” about the project’s feasibility.
Trump told Republicans he would not approve any deal that denies him wall funding.
Although Senate Republicans rejected Trump’s demands on Thursday, House Republicans voted on the same day to allocate $5 billion toward the construction of “steel slats” across the border. The amended bill is all but likely to fail in the Senate on Friday, which requires 60 votes for a bill to pass.
Trump repeatedly promised U.S. taxpayers during his 2016 campaign that he would make Mexico pay for the border wall. Mexico has refused to pay for the wall. Democratic leaders have already agreed to include $1.6 billion for border security in the stopgap spending bill.
“Mexico will pay for the wall, believe me — 100 percent — they don’t know it yet, but they will pay for the wall,” Trump said in September 2016.