- Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of steel bought by Donald Trump’s administration to build his border wall now sits rusting away in the desert with no plans on what to do with it.
- Expensive steel bollards purchased for the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for are racking up $3 million a day just for guards to watch the construction materials oxidize.
- “Along with the steel, contractors have left light poles, electrical supplies, crushed aggregate, processed riprap rock, sand, culvert materials, and piping”—altogether worth about $350 million, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Tom Boggioni from Rawstory writes:
“According to an investigation by the Atlantic’s John B. Washington, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of steel purchased by Donald Trump’s administration to build his ill-fated border on the U.S.-Mexico border now sits rusting away in the desert with no concrete plans on what to do with it.
Building the wall was one of the key planks of Trump’s run for the presidency in 2016, with the former president assuring his supporters that he would get Mexico to pay for it.
Instead, the federal government funded the project, with the Trump administration diverting Pentagon money to the project, claiming it was part of making America more secure.
After Trump lost his re-election bid in 2020, the incoming administration of President Joe Biden pulled the plug on the controversial relic of the Trump era, with workers pulled off the job and materials left behind…”
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