Trump has instructed aides to speed up the process of building the wall, directing them to rush through billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, blow past environmental regulations and to “take the land” necessary by eminent domain, the Post reported Tuesday.
“Don’t worry, I’ll pardon you,” Trump has told officials during meetings at the White House about the wall when aides raised that some of those orders would be illegal, according to the Post. An unnamed White House official told the newspaper that the President is merely joking when he makes such statements about pardons.
“Donald Trump promised to secure our border with sane, rational immigration policies to make American communities safer, and that’s happening everywhere the wall is being built,” Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley told the Post on Tuesday.
Gidley dismissed internal criticisms of Trump as “just more fabrications by people who hate the fact the status quo, that has crippled this country for decades, is finally changing as President Trump is moving quicker than anyone in history to build the wall, secure the border and enact the very immigration policies the American people voted for.”
Trump has also directed the Army Corps and Department of Homeland Security to paint the wall’s steel barriers black, the Post reported, citing internal communications it reviewed.