President Donald Trump flip-flopped again on his wall Sunday by claiming that he wants a steel wall now instead of concrete and claimed that the decision supposedly appeases Democrats. Twitter mockery ensued.
According to former White House chief of staff John Kelly, Trump first abandoned a concrete wall early on after taking office. But Trump would then go back to demanding a concrete wall after claiming that it would be steel slats.
And now, as the government shutdown drags on for a third straight week with no end in sight, Trump is claiming that he is once again changing his mind.
V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
Trump would go on to tell reporters that the choice of steel is meant to somehow appease Democrats.
“We’ve been in touch with a lot of people and I informed my folks to say that we’ll build a steel barrier, steel, that it will be made out of steel, that it will be less obtrusive and stronger,” Trump said. “They don’t like concrete so we’ll give them steel.”
However, Democrats oppose the wall no matter what material Trump finally chooses, and it’s very likely he’ll go back to demanding a concrete wall at any moment.
According to the New York Times:
For their part, Democrats said there was no progress as the shutdown entered its 16th day, and asked again that the government be reopened before negotiations on border security money begin.
As usual, Trump is lying about how the meetings at the White House went, apparently trying to convince everyone that he’s making progress when the truth is that the meetings have gone nowhere as Trump continues to insist on wall funding that will never pass the House, nor the Senate, where Republicans would still need several Democratic votes for passage.
Twitter users mocked Trump’s flip-flopping.
Why are you of all people bothered about how obtrusive a border wall is?All this bellyaching about your shit little wall and now you don’t want people to notice it. Sad.
— Nick Frost (@nickjfrost) January 7, 2019
How about s beaded curtain?
— Stormy Williams (@stormysask) January 7, 2019
Maybe we should make it out of LEGO. No one wants to walk across those!
— Jenny Thompson (@JCT_212) January 7, 2019
Changing from concrete to steel and price remains the same shows that you are lying.
— Russell (@candyymann) January 7, 2019
How about we do ‘thoughts & prayers’ for the border & spend this energy reducing violence that already exists in this country? May have to address ur big gun backers but, you r either REALLY going to work on protecting Americans or you are just going to continue 2 blow more smoke
— Renee Nielsen (@OutofOurHands) January 7, 2019
Those five make-believe US Steel plants going to make the steel?
— Doug Moiles (@prosfromdover55) January 7, 2019
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