WaPo: Trump “Jokes” About Pardons To Fast Track Border Wall | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

WaPo: Trump “Jokes” About Pardons To Fast Track Border Wall | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC


>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL APPARENTLY STOP AT NOTHING TO APPARENTLY STOP AT NOTHING TO GET HIS LONG-PROMISED BORDER GET HIS LONG-PROMISED BORDER WALL BUILT BY ELECTION DAY. WALL BUILT BY ELECTION DAY. THE “WASHINGTON POST” REPORTING THE “WASHINGTON POST” REPORTING THAT THAT INCLUDES TELLING HIS THAT THAT INCLUDES TELLING HIS PEOPLE TO BREAK THE LAW IF THEY PEOPLE TO BREAK THE LAW IF THEY HAVE TO BECAUSE ULTIMATELY HE’LL HAVE TO BECAUSE ULTIMATELY HE’LL PROTECT THEM. PROTECT THEM. HERE’S WHAT THE POST SAYS. HERE’S WHAT THE POST SAYS. WHEN AIDES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT WHEN AIDES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT SOME ORDERS ARE ILLEGAL OR SOME ORDERS ARE ILLEGAL OR UNWORKABLE, TRUMP HAS SUGGESTED UNWORKABLE, TRUMP HAS SUGGESTED THAT HE WOULD PARDON THE THAT HE WOULD PARDON THE OFFICIALS, JUST GO AHEAD, AIDES OFFICIALS, JUST GO AHEAD, AIDES SAID. SAID. HE HAS WAIVED OFF WORRIED ABOUT HE HAS WAIVED OFF WORRIED ABOUT CONTACTING PROCEDURES AND THE CONTACTING PROCEDURES AND THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN, SAYING, USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN, SAYING, TAKE THE LAND, ACCORDING TO’S TAKE THE LAND, ACCORDING TO’S FOISHLZ WHO ATTEND FOISHLZ WHO ATTEND OFFICIALS WHO ATTENDED THE OFFICIALS WHO ATTENDED THE MEETINGS. MEETINGS. THEY SHOWED THIS TIMED VIDEO THEY SHOWED THIS TIMED VIDEO SHOWING THAT A REPLACEMENT WALL SHOWING THAT A REPLACEMENT WALL HAS BEEN BUILT IN ARIZONA, BUT HAS BEEN BUILT IN ARIZONA, BUT THAT’S JUST A SMALL PORTION OF THAT’S JUST A SMALL PORTION OF THE 450 NEW AND RENOVATED THE 450 NEW AND RENOVATED BARRIERS PLANNING TO BE BARRIERS PLANNING TO BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR. COMPLETED NEXT YEAR. JEFF IS HERE, AND SHERMICHAEL JEFF IS HERE, AND SHERMICHAEL AND VICTORIA ARE BACK WITH ME. AND VICTORIA ARE BACK WITH ME. WHAT IF THE PRESIDENT WAS WHAT IF THE PRESIDENT WAS JOKING? JOKING? I’M NOT SURE HOW, IF YOU WORK I’M NOT SURE HOW, IF YOU WORK INSIDE THAT WHITE HOUSE, YOU INSIDE THAT WHITE HOUSE, YOU NECESSARILY KNOW. NECESSARILY KNOW. I MEAN, HE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT I MEAN, HE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT GREENLAND. GREENLAND. HE SAYS HE WAS JOKING AND THEN HE SAYS HE WAS JOKING AND THEN APPARENTLY HE’S VERY SERIOUS APPARENTLY HE’S VERY SERIOUS ABOUT IT. ABOUT IT. HE KIND OF SAYS, OH, WE’RE SORT HE KIND OF SAYS, OH, WE’RE SORT OF LOOKING AT DORAL, MAYBE, EVEN OF LOOKING AT DORAL, MAYBE, EVEN THOUGH REPORTING IS THAT PEOPLE THOUGH REPORTING IS THAT PEOPLE TOLD HIM THAT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA TOLD HIM THAT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA FOR A G7, A PROPERTY YOU OWN. FOR A G7, A PROPERTY YOU OWN. NOW HE LOOKS LIKE HE’S REALLY NOW HE LOOKS LIKE HE’S REALLY PUSHING IT HARD. PUSHING IT HARD. SO WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS? SO WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?>>CHRIS, I THINK YOU HIT THE>>CHRIS, I THINK YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD THERE. NAIL ON THE HEAD THERE. THE QUESTION IS HOW DOES ONE THE QUESTION IS HOW DOES ONE TELL? TELL? IF IT’S AIDES AROUND THE IF IT’S AIDES AROUND THE PRESIDENT, IF IT’S REPORTERS PRESIDENT, IF IT’S REPORTERS ASKING THE PRESIDENT QUESTIONS. ASKING THE PRESIDENT QUESTIONS. AT THE G7 OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN AT THE G7 OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN WE ASKED HIM ABOUT WHETHER OR WE ASKED HIM ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT HE HAD SECOND THOUGHTS WITH NOT HE HAD SECOND THOUGHTS WITH REGARD TO THE CHINA TRADE WAR, REGARD TO THE CHINA TRADE WAR, HE SAID, I ALWAYS HAVE SECOND HE SAID, I ALWAYS HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS, AND THEN LATER IN THE THOUGHTS, AND THEN LATER IN THE DAY THEY BACKTRACKED ON THAT AND DAY THEY BACKTRACKED ON THAT AND SAID, NO, HE HAS SECOND THOUGHTS SAID, NO, HE HAS SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT RAISING TARIFFS, HE SHOULD ABOUT RAISING TARIFFS, HE SHOULD HAVE DONE THEM HIGHER. HAVE DONE THEM HIGHER. THAT’S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE THAT’S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE FACT THAT SOMETIMES HE’LL SAY FACT THAT SOMETIMES HE’LL SAY THINGS, AND THE WHITE HOUSE THINGS, AND THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS MAY SAY, NO, HE WAS OFFICIALS MAY SAY, NO, HE WAS JOKING, HE WASN’T SERIOUS, BUT JOKING, HE WASN’T SERIOUS, BUT YOU CAN’T OFTEN TELL. YOU CAN’T OFTEN TELL. IN THE EXAMPLES YOU LISTED, HE IN THE EXAMPLES YOU LISTED, HE IS COMPLETELY SERIOUS AND IT IS, IS COMPLETELY SERIOUS AND IT IS, IN FACT, EXACTLY WHAT HE HAS IN IN FACT, EXACTLY WHAT HE HAS IN MIND. MIND.>>OKAY, SO PRESUMABLY IF HE’S>>OKAY, SO PRESUMABLY IF HE’S JOKING, VICTORIA, ABOUT, YOU JOKING, VICTORIA, ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHETHER OR NOT HE WOULD KNOW, WHETHER OR NOT HE WOULD GIVE PEOPLE PARDONS, IS HE GIVE PEOPLE PARDONS, IS HE JOKING, FOR EXAMPLE, ABOUT JOKING, FOR EXAMPLE, ABOUT EMINENT DEMAIN, ABOUT SEIZING EMINENT DEMAIN, ABOUT SEIZING PEOPLE’S LAND? PEOPLE’S LAND?>>NO, I THINK HE’S VERY SERIOUS>>NO, I THINK HE’S VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THAT IN TERMS OF EMINENT ABOUT THAT IN TERMS OF EMINENT DOMAIN. DOMAIN. CONSTITUTIONALLY, FOLKS CAN GET CONSTITUTIONALLY, FOLKS CAN GET THEIR LAND TAKEN AWAY IF IT’S, THEIR LAND TAKEN AWAY IF IT’S, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, FOR THE USE OF QUOTE, UNQUOTE, FOR THE USE OF PUBLIC BENEFIT AND THEY’RE PUBLIC BENEFIT AND THEY’RE JUSTLY ENUMERATED. JUSTLY ENUMERATED.>>THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS>>THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS AGAIN AS A NATIONAL SECURITY AGAIN AS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. ISSUE.>>PUBLIC BENEFIT, NATIONAL>>PUBLIC BENEFIT, NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. SECURITY ISSUE. LOOK, AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF LOOK, AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTS YOUR LAND, THE GOVERNMENT WANTS YOUR LAND, THEY’RE PROBABLY GOING TO GET THEY’RE PROBABLY GOING TO GET IT. IT. BUT THE DEAL IS IT’S GOING TO BUT THE DEAL IS IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF YEARS AND A LOT OF TAKE A LOT OF YEARS AND A LOT OF MONEY TO GET THAT LAND. MONEY TO GET THAT LAND. IN 2006, GEORGE W. BUSH GOT THE IN 2006, GEORGE W. BUSH GOT THE SECURE FENCE ACT PASSED. SECURE FENCE ACT PASSED. SO WE HAD OVER 300 LAWSUITS SO WE HAD OVER 300 LAWSUITS REGARDING EMINENT DOMAIN. REGARDING EMINENT DOMAIN. ABOUT 60 OF THEM ARE STILL ABOUT 60 OF THEM ARE STILL PENDING, SO IT’S A VERY LONG AND PENDING, SO IT’S A VERY LONG AND ARDUOUS PROCESS. ARDUOUS PROCESS. THEY GET IT BUT AT A VERY HIGH THEY GET IT BUT AT A VERY HIGH COST. COST. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE BORDER SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE BORDER WALL, CHRIS, WE TALK ABOUT HOW WALL, CHRIS, WE TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH IT COSTS TO ERECT A BORDER MUCH IT COSTS TO ERECT A BORDER WALL, BUT MOST OF THOSE FIGURES WALL, BUT MOST OF THOSE FIGURES DON’T INCLUDE THE HUNDREDS OF DON’T INCLUDE THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LEGAL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LEGAL FEES AND ALSO THE COST OF FEES AND ALSO THE COST OF REIMBURSING THESE LANDOWNERS. REIMBURSING THESE LANDOWNERS. FOR MANY OF THESE FOLKS, FOR MANY OF THESE FOLKS, ESPECIALLY IN TEXAS, IT HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY IN TEXAS, IT HAS BEEN IN THEIR FAMILY FOR HUNDREDS OF IN THEIR FAMILY FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. YEARS. SO THIS IS A VERY COMPLICATED SO THIS IS A VERY COMPLICATED ISSUE AND NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN ISSUE AND NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN JUST BE DONE THROUGH A PARDON JUST BE DONE THROUGH A PARDON THAT THE PRESIDENT GRANTS. THAT THE PRESIDENT GRANTS.>>SHERMICHAEL, THE POST QUOTES>>SHERMICHAEL, THE POST QUOTES PEOPLE AS SAYING THE PEOPLE PEOPLE AS SAYING THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THESE DISCUSSIONS INVOLVED IN THESE DISCUSSIONS SAY THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID TO SAY THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID TO THEM, LOOK, I MADE A PROMISE TO THEM, LOOK, I MADE A PROMISE TO MY VOTERS, AND HOW DISAPPOINTED MY VOTERS, AND HOW DISAPPOINTED WILL THEY BE IF I DON’T DELIVER WILL THEY BE IF I DON’T DELIVER ON THIS? ON THIS? THAT’S A VERY DIFFERENT ARGUMENT THAT’S A VERY DIFFERENT ARGUMENT THAN, WE HAVE A NATIONAL THAN, WE HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT AT THE BORDER. SECURITY THREAT AT THE BORDER.>>I THINK, CHRIS, THE REASON>>I THINK, CHRIS, THE REASON THE PRESIDENT IS BEGINNING TO THE PRESIDENT IS BEGINNING TO PIVOT BACK TO IMMIGRATION IS PIVOT BACK TO IMMIGRATION IS BECAUSE OF A POINT YOU STATED BECAUSE OF A POINT YOU STATED EARLIER IN THE SHOW. EARLIER IN THE SHOW. IT’S BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS IT’S BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS STARTING TO FALTER. STARTING TO FALTER. THE PRESIDENT HAS TO FIND THE PRESIDENT HAS TO FIND SOMETHING TO MOTIVATE HIS BASE. SOMETHING TO MOTIVATE HIS BASE. THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO STAND WITH THIS PRESIDENT. STAND WITH THIS PRESIDENT. I’M REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN I’M REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HERE, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HERE, BECAUSE SOME PRINCIPLES OF BECAUSE SOME PRINCIPLES OF CONSERVATISM, PRUDENCE, CONSERVATISM, PRUDENCE, DISCIPLINE, THOSE ARE ALL THINGS DISCIPLINE, THOSE ARE ALL THINGS THIS PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO THIS PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO LACK, AND THE IDEA OF EMINENT LACK, AND THE IDEA OF EMINENT DOMAIN HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT DOMAIN HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT CONSERVATIVES, AT LEAST FOR A CONSERVATIVES, AT LEAST FOR A DECADE, IS SOMETHING THEY ARE DECADE, IS SOMETHING THEY ARE AGAINST. AGAINST. YET YOU DON’T SEE CONSERVATIVES YET YOU DON’T SEE CONSERVATIVES IN MY PARTY STANDING UP FOR THIS IN MY PARTY STANDING UP FOR THIS PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. YOU DON’T SEE THE FUSION OF YOU DON’T SEE THE FUSION OF COURAGE AND MAGNONIMITY. COURAGE AND MAGNONIMITY. IN MANY WAYS THE PRESIDENT IN MANY WAYS THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO DO THINGS CONTINUES TO DO THINGS UNCHECKED. UNCHECKED. WHERE IS MITCH McCONNELL? WHERE IS MITCH McCONNELL? HE’S BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG HE’S BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. TIME. WHY ISN’T HE STANDING UP TO THE WHY ISN’T HE STANDING UP TO THE PRESIDENT? PRESIDENT?>>SO THE OTHER THING THE>>SO THE OTHER THING THE PRESIDENT RAN ON BESIDES THE PRESIDENT RAN ON BESIDES THE WALL, OBVIOUSLY, IS DRAINING THE WALL, OBVIOUSLY, IS DRAINING THE SWAMP. SWAMP. AND WE ALREADY MENTIONED, JEFF, AND WE ALREADY MENTIONED, JEFF, YOU WERE AT THE G7 AND THAT’S YOU WERE AT THE G7 AND THAT’S WHERE HE SORT OF DID THE SALES WHERE HE SORT OF DID THE SALES PITCH ABOUT DORAL, BUT WE’RE PITCH ABOUT DORAL, BUT WE’RE ALSO LEARNING TODAY ABOUT ALSO LEARNING TODAY ABOUT ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR BOOKING A ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR BOOKING A HOLIDAY PARTY, A VERY EXPENSIVE HOLIDAY PARTY, A VERY EXPENSIVE HOLIDAY PARTY FOR A LOT OF HOLIDAY PARTY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, AT A TRUMP HOTEL. PEOPLE, AT A TRUMP HOTEL. AND — THERE IT IS. AND — THERE IT IS. $30,000. $30,000. ONE OF THE EXCUSES BEING THAT ONE OF THE EXCUSES BEING THAT APPARENTLY THEY’RE JUST, YOU APPARENTLY THEY’RE JUST, YOU KNOW, THE OTHER PLACES WEREN’T KNOW, THE OTHER PLACES WEREN’T AVAILABLE ON A SUNDAY IN AVAILABLE ON A SUNDAY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WEEKS BEFORE WASHINGTON, D.C. WEEKS BEFORE THE HOLIDAY. THE HOLIDAY. DOES ANYBODY HERE — DOES DOES ANYBODY HERE — DOES ANYBODY THERE HAVE ANY CONCERN ANYBODY THERE HAVE ANY CONCERN ABOUT THE IDEA THAT THE ATTORNEY ABOUT THE IDEA THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE GENERAL WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE INDEPENDENT IS SPENDING TENS OF INDEPENDENT IS SPENDING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AT A TRUMP THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AT A TRUMP PROPERTY? PROPERTY?>>IF THERE IS ANY CONCERN OVER>>IF THERE IS ANY CONCERN OVER HERE, I HAVEN’T HEARD IT, AND I HERE, I HAVEN’T HEARD IT, AND I THINK IN GENERAL IF YOU LOOK AT THINK IN GENERAL IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAVE WHAT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAVE SAID ON THE RECORD AND BEHIND SAID ON THE RECORD AND BEHIND THE SCENES, THEY LOVE WILLIAM THE SCENES, THEY LOVE WILLIAM BARR. BARR. THEY THINK HE CAN DO NO WRONG. THEY THINK HE CAN DO NO WRONG. I SUSPECT THAT IN TERMS OF HIM I SUSPECT THAT IN TERMS OF HIM GAINING FAVOR WITH THE GAINING FAVOR WITH THE PRESIDENT, THIS PARTICULAR STORY PRESIDENT, THIS PARTICULAR STORY WILL DO NOTHING BUT BOLSTER HIM. WILL DO NOTHING BUT BOLSTER HIM. AND I THINK BROADLY, TO YOUR AND I THINK BROADLY, TO YOUR POINT ABOUT DRAINING THE SWAMP, POINT ABOUT DRAINING THE SWAMP, THAT WAS A CHANT THAT THE THAT WAS A CHANT THAT THE PRESIDENT ENCOURAGED CROWDS TO PRESIDENT ENCOURAGED CROWDS TO FOLLOW IN 2016, AND, YOU KNOW, FOLLOW IN 2016, AND, YOU KNOW, ALL EVIDENCE, OR A LOT OF ALL EVIDENCE, OR A LOT OF EVIDENCE, ANYWAY, SHOWS THAT IN EVIDENCE, ANYWAY, SHOWS THAT IN TERMS OF REALITY THAT’S NOT WHAT TERMS OF REALITY THAT’S NOT WHAT HE’S DONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, HE’S DONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT IT’S LIKE A RULE THAT BUT IT’S LIKE A RULE THAT DOESN’T APPLY, AND THERE ARE DOESN’T APPLY, AND THERE ARE LOTS OF RULES LIKE THAT THAT

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100 thoughts on “WaPo: Trump “Jokes” About Pardons To Fast Track Border Wall | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC”

  • Benjaman Zambrano says:

    NOW, IF YOU TRAVEL TO EUROPE, OR ELSEWHERE, DON'T TELL ANYONE, YOUR FROM AMERICA.ULL ONLY Embarrass urself,the moron made sure of that!

  • There is already a barrier fence along the border. Most of it is torn down and missing. The new wall is following the previous one. No land will be taken.

  • Listening to all this from Europe here and I have to say that Americans are truly a bunch of crybabies, spineless cowards. Shame !

  • If Trump thinks something is unpopular, he will say that he is joking. Gaslighters say they're just joking. A president should never joke. Trump is a joke.

  • Trumbo of course said this he's said this before. He's a criminal pos and he's making billions as president and why he won't ever release tax returns.

  • Attorney general Barr is a big fat toad for Trump his corruption is obscene and blatant and he will go down in history that's another corrupt attorney general

  • People need to wake up and vote progressive liberal candidates into office only then will we have government by and for the people

  • tanattecnocraft says:

    He was right as this is another misdirection to have us forget El Paso and Dayton shooting and background check reneg promises.

  • The only people who flagrantly talk about committing crimes and then say "i'm joking" to protect themselves are mobsters.

  • Trump is already an unindicted co-conspirator in directing federal crimes. this is what he does, he orders people to do illegal things for him. Then he pretends he wasn't ordering crimes to be committed for his benefit. Then he says that ordering people to commit crimes isn't a crime. He's done this on at least two separate criminal actions he's taken.

  • “I know more about building walls than anybody else, believe me.”
    2015 Donald J. Trump
    Trumps Wall Estimates in interviews: 
    2015 $6 Billion 2,000 Miles. = $3 Million / Mile
    2016 $8 Billion 1,000 Miles. = $8 Million / Mile
    2017 $12 Billion 700 Miles = $17 Million / Mile
    2018 $18 Billion 316 miles = $57 Million / Mile 

    A Trump wall around your 1 acre property (834 feet) would cost $9,015,840.

    2016, Engineers in El Paso estimated that a 20' wall will cost around $25-$50 billion. 
    Trumps wants a 50’ wall.

    Property Acquisition.
    The Government must first acquire the land mostly private property owned by thousands of individuals. 
    Hundreds of Judges and courts und US paid attorneys will be tied up for 8 years average disputing the land appropriation. Lawyers estimate the backlog will take 20 years. The legal fees will likely exceed the property values. 

    Laws.
    Congress must re-write or bypass 30 laws to accomplish the construction.
    Hundreds of attorneys and their staff will hash this out for years at taxpayer expense. 

    Materials.
    A 20' wall would contain over three times the amount of concrete used to build the Hoover Dam, spread out over thousands of miles in remote terrain, deserts, rivers and rugged mountains without roads. Around 15 million yards of concrete and 5 billion pounds of rebar is the estimate. 400-600 concrete plants need to be setup along the border.

    Logistics.
    Soil engineers must survey the route (drill sample cores) before they can design the foundations for the wall and roads. Texas has 1,500 over different soil conditions.
    Engineers must first, plan/design and build 2,000 miles of roads that can handle the 52 million trips of heavy trucks.
    Terrain that prohibits construction like a floodplain, tributaries, mountains or rivers will see the costs skyrocket. The road will cost more than the wall. 
    Not to mention the yearly maintenance on the road.

    Destroying Businesses, Landowners, Towns & Environment.
    The Rio Grande river is the natural border between the two countries. The river changes course often.
    The wall has to be constructed well inside the US boundary so essentially, US citizens, land owners, farmers, ranchers and our animal friends are going to find their access to Americas 5th largest waterway inaccessible. 1,200 miles of valuable waterfront property blocked.
    Private landowners, municipalities and national parks will be forced to abandon hundreds of thousands of riverfront acres. 

    Environment.
    Millions of US citizens and animals will suddenly not have access to the Rio Grand, recreation, drinking water and feeding areas.
    Realistically, environmental issues will slow down work to a grinding halt that drag thru the courts for years & years. 
    Attorneys will debate this for years at taxpayer expense.

    Bureaucracy/Security. 
    Without guards, the wall is a farce. Plan for a guard post every 1,000' or so. About 10,560 guard posts. About $1.5 billion. Every post would need at least 2 on duty with 3 shift a day. 
    Thousands of tributaries, bridges, rivers, culverts, and floodplains will need 24/7 guards too since the Mexicans could scurry thru the gaps. 
    Estimate 95,000 full time guards with full benefit and retirement. Around $7 billion per year.
    A security headquarters every 25 miles, each overseeing 100 guard posts. About 3,000 staff there.
    Will need a fleet of choppers and aircraft necessary so we need 20-30 airfields, pilots, fuel stations runways, and hangers. 
    Every 100 miles you need a government building with 75 people doing the paperwork. Thats about 1,500 paper shufflers.
    Each State will need a huge main wall management headquarters.
    And a large building in DC to manage the wall with 2,000 staff might be a good estimate. About $6 billion per year for the staff with full retirement benefits.

    Maintenance.
    Around 10% of the walls initial cost will be allocated every year for maintenance.
    2,000 miles. Maintenance centers every 50 miles sounds about right. Around 40 facilities with lots of trucks and heavy equipment, warehouses etc. Probably 4,000 staff.
    $10 billion every year is the estimate to maintain a small 20' wall. 

    Cost overruns.
    The above estimate is for a 20' high wall. Trumps wall will be double that.
    A 50' high wall needs bigger foundations, bigger equipment, more staff etc. will double the costs to over $100 billion to build the wall. 

    Realistically, will a wall stop them? 
    Will a Mexican Drug Kingpin just give up his million$ enterprise because there is a wall? 
    If there is one gap or just one crooked official, Police/Army General or Politician or somebody selling 51' ladders.

  • I suppose that, ironically, ONE of the laws that might well end up being broken in Fatso's rush to build his infamous wall could be any statutory proscription against using undocumented workers in a federal building project (especially a project designed, presumably, to OPPOSE such an event)!!!!!

  • Anthony Padilla says:

    I'm warming up to the idea of a Southern wall. It should put at the Mason Dixon line, to keep the confederates out of the UNITED States.

  • The lion and the lamb says:

    If you vote or support this man you are a traitor to the constitution of the United States of America and you are UN-AMERICAN , you will be supporting a lawless POTUS and partly responsible for all of his crimes.

  • Any time Trump claims something he said was a joke, you can be certain he's lying.He never jokes. He has zero sense of humor. The only thing that makes him laugh is the pain he inflicts on others. His words may be stupid, but they're always serious.

  • Ruth I AM WHAT I AM ! says:

    We are doomed doomed doomed!!!! No men on this land or earth will stop him, if he was to be stopped it would had happened already, if anybody did just a scratch of what this men have done it would be gone a long time ago, but no, no one will stop him, only God has this power but people still don't get it… #Sad This nonsense is 24/7 and yet he still there….

  • Which company is Trump contractng to build the wall? Trump Enterprises? Kushner Construction Co? McConnel Genral Contractors? The same two-man company that he contracted to restore power inPuerto Rico?

  • Don't forget that trump has a LOT of experience with this tactic. he did lose a biggie once before, but he wasn't the president then…
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-time-donald-trumps-empire-took-on-a-stubborn-widow–and-lost/2015/09/09/f9cb287e-5660-11e5-b8c9-944725fcd3b9_story.html

  • romeo bardales says:

    Isn't interesting that the whole it was all a joke strategy the white house is trying to spin came after the reaction and backlash. it's starting to get a little played out.just mean what u say and keep the same energy . American it's being laugh at all over the world.

  • Geoff Gersbach says:

    For all his promises, who has Trump actually pardoned (exercised executive clemency ) for ill legal acts to support his agenda? None! He’s pardoned 14 people and commuted 5 sentences for historically conventional reasons as recommended. I wouldn’t be relying on Trump to pardon anyone he persuades to do anything illegal to save his ends.

  • He's not joking he's says bizarre things then says he's joking but followed through w the plan. Trump doesn't pay his bills taxpayers do look at his Rally invoices. the price of rope is low

  • Bernard Martinez says:

    THE F-A-K-E NEWS FREAKS OUT EVEN WHEN THE PRESIDENT JOKES WITHOUT THE PRESIDENT TAKING ACTION. THIS IS A TOTALLY MADE UP STORY!!! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha…….

  • He's just trying not to be re-elected with every excuse planted in the minds of his base. His election run is being set up for a historic fail. Pick from a dozen,

    " I didn't fail. These ????????? cheated me out of a win "

    groups and the script is set. Fill in the question marks.

    Funny thing is, he'll be even more famous afterwards.

  • Progressive Humanist says:

    THIS is what fascism looks like. It's happening here and we're not doing nearly enough. US democracy will probably end at the hands of 45*/GOP. Not enough people will do anything to stop it (mass sustained protest like Puerto Rico; if we had done that, 45* would have been impeached over 2 years ago).

  • JESUS!!! Help us all. We need to just ignore every word from him. Stop reporting about anything he says, he is a waste of time!!!

  • Land taking from Native America.The Professor said "in Texas land have been in the family for hundreds of years" what a joke.

  • Is incitement of citizens to break the law not tantamount to a high crime and misdemeanor worthy of, or warranting, IMPEACHING THE SOB?

  • So why should we be surprised ABOUT TRUMP breaking the LAW. TRUMP break the LAW all the time and nothing is done about it…..It like TRUMP is above the LAW TRUMP seem to be asking DO YOUR JOB I DARE YOU AND IT LIKE THEY ALL ARE HIDING UNDER THE DESK.MOSCOW MITCH IS NOT GOING TO DO NOTHING MOSCOW MITCH IS DIRTY AS TRUMP TAKING RUSSIA MONEY

  • Taking a pardon is an admission of guilt and you're still a convicted criminal. A pardon only means you're not punished.

  • Honestly the comments prove how stupid maga idiots truly are. Lmfao not a single piece of new wall has been built. These are pre existing walls haha and the only thing that has gone up is a fence to close any parts that may be damaged.

  • Sure sure the same way the former mob-kings expresses "wishes". But lets be honest, #orangevontiny hands has no idea what the law is and besides #moscowmitch and #pedobar will protect him.

  • So who cares who president? Theyre all the same entity and all are idiots lol. I never voted and never will loom at the government now lol nothing but comedians name calling each other and making fun of each other but never speaking of fixes or problems or they never point out who did what crimes that all stays in the shadows.

  • Stupid people you are playing house in the jungle, take a real adult to dealing with China . You guy can only deal will cheating illegals. Trump want the Greenland government know we know china is buying off the land, and if you are selling, we will want to buy too. You kids should just go sucking your thumbs playing with your toys.

  • kathlene stafford says:

    Clearly Trump is not a comedian so he really needs to stick to doing his job, but he come out snd public says this crap…

  • Dump……………….."Where's Hillary when you need her"??? "Lock her up, lock her up"!!!! Wake up American can you see the Snake Man????? He's running out of steam!!!

  • A republican president taking land from farmers in Texas and ranch land in Arizona. Interesting way to turn Texas and Arizona blue. Thanks, thumper.

  • I truly believe Trump should Stand up at the Podium and announce that he IDENTIFIES as a woman So he can be the First Female President so all your liberal heads can Explode!!! You guys are idiots.

  • news now philly says:

    """WHY ARE POS TRUMP AND POS COPS SO AFRAID OF A CAMERA , BECAUSE THE CAMERA DON'T LIE AND THEY DO ……..FDT….. FTP"""
    REPUBLIKKKANS THE NEW PARTY ..

  • So let me get this straight… he just took down old wall and replaced it and he takes credit for building a wall that already existed

  • grammaticopedanticus says:

    "Like a madman shooting flaming arrows in the air is someone deceiving neighbors then saying, 'I was only joking.'"   Proverbs 28:18

  • NBC – YOU ALL NEWS OUTLETS SHOULD EVERYTIME THERES WALL TALK REMIND PEOPLE THAT MEXICO IS !!!! NOT !!!! PAYING FOR THE WALL

  • It's pretty obvious now, the wall is Trump's only concern. Regardless of breaking multiple laws, stealing people's land, reapportioning money from FEMA, if the wall isn't built by 2020…he has nothing to show to his base. So be it, let's get lawsuits into stoppage of them, delaying them, and see how he fares in 2020. If he and his GOP party are NOT reelected…indictments are coming!! Including breaking the law for all of those involved!

  • Please, please, PLEASE stop referring to it as a "wall." It is replacement "fencing." You are playing right into this narcissistic con man's hands by adopting his terminology. Come on, CNN. I count on you to be legitimately more accurate about what's happening. Please!!

  • Paul Gallagher says:

    So, how did this "master builder" get to this point that he doesn't understand it takes time an money to acquire property? Even the most novice politician knows about these things. Is he stupid, or just making promises he knew he couldn't keep?

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