President Trump revealed on Wednesday that his administration is building a border wall in Colorado despite the fact that the state sits directly on top of New Mexico and not the U.S.-Mexico border.
“You know why we’re going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on their border. And they didn’t have it,” Trump said during a speech at the Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh.
“And we’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico,” he continued. “And we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under.”
He added, “And we’re building a wall in Texas. And we’re not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls we just mentioned. And Louisiana’s incredible.”
President Trump: "We're building a wall on the border of New Mexico and we're building a wall in Colorado." pic.twitter.com/f9ZIdxOhXt
— The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2019
There are no reports that his administration is building a wall in the state.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from several news outlets.
Lawmakers and other officials ripped Trump for his comments, with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) tweeting a photo of a U.S. map with a Sharpie outline along the Colorado border.
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) October 23, 2019
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) tagged New Mexico Sens. Martin Heinrich (D) and Tom Udall (D) in a tweet, saying, “Do one of you want to break it to @realDonaldTrump that Colorado’s border is with New Mexico, not Mexico…or should I?”
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) October 23, 2019
George Conway, husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that “we can confidently say that Mexico is never going to pay for a wall with Colorado.”