Fox & Friends ask Sarah Sanders to explain Drudge’s ‘incorrect’ WALL STALL headline

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders pushed back on the “incorrect” figures recently reported about the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sanders spoke on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday about the leading story on the Drudge Report which read “WALL STALL: LESS THAN 2 MILES BUILT!”

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“The first story on the Drudge today, looks like the wall — we have only two miles built of the wall?” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Sanders. “What is going on there? Does the president still think he can get 400 miles done of the wall by the end of the year?”

“Absolutely, and that is an incorrect figure,” Sanders replied, referring to the report which cited a Bloomberg article which claimed a federal judge was told that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had only placed 1.7 miles of new fencing.

“The administration recently provided updated information to Congress on the status of its efforts as of April 30, 2019,” Douglas Letter, a lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives told a federal judge in Oakland, Ca.  “Based on that updated information, it appears that CBP has now constructed 1.7 miles of fencing with its fiscal year 2018 funding.”

But Sanders explained that the numbers are way off.

“There’s far more than two miles have been built,” Sanders said. “We’re still on track to get close to 500 miles built by the end of the year. The Army Corps of Engineers working with DHS and DOD are putting a tremendous amount of effort into not just building a new wall, but taking down some of the barriers that have existed that are completely ineffective, and putting in the very effective border wall they have been putting in the last couple months.”

She told “Fox & Friends” that the Trump administration is “making great progress” despite what the reports say.

“There is over 100 miles, I think, it is close to 115 miles have been finished,” she added. “Again we feel comfortable and confident we’re on track to get right around 500 finished by the end of the year.”

Trump fired back at critics Wednesday, tweeting that a great portion of the border wall “is a complete demolition and rebuilding of old and worthless barriers with a brand new Wall and footings.”

Sanders noted that more progress could be made, and faster, if Democrats wouldn’t continue to “stand in the way” of securing the border by working with Trump instead of against him to address the national and humanitarian crisis.

“We would be making actually double that progress by the end of the year if they would act actually get on board and help out,” she said.

The press secretary made a few remarks about the man in a Wall suit at Trump’s Pennsylvania rally on Monday before moving on to discuss the situation at border with the “absolutely horrible case” of the death of a 16-year-old boy from the flu, a situation that is “exactly what the president … has been trying to prevent.”

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“The president and his administration requested funding, supplemental funding just two weeks ago to help with the humanitarian crisis at the border,” she said. “Democrats have still failed to do that.”


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