Veteran's GoFundMe Campaign to ‘Build the Wall’ Get Trump's Seal Of Approval
Brian Kolfage campaign was given Presidential seal of approval
A US Air Force veteran who launched a GoFundMe page aimed at building “the wall” on the US southern border, which has since passed the $20 million mark has received “Presidential seal of approval."
Brian Kolfage campaign was given President Donald Trump's blessing according to the New York Times, just over a month after its launch.
Kolfage began his GoFundMe campaign in mid-December which quickly went viral receiving d millions of dollars in donations in weeks.
But as media hype died off, many feared that the campaign would fail to reach its $1 billion goal, while speculation circulated that the monies would have to be refunded to their donors, as per GoFundMe’s rules.
The campaign then got a positive boost when donors were given the option to ensure that their contributions would go toward building the wall (and not refunded).
93% of Kolfage donors chose to ensure the wall was built.
Kolfage had already visited Washington D.C. two times in the last few weeks driving speculation that President Trump was known of the former Airman’s GoFundMe initiative “We Build The Wall,” Jeff Rainforth reported.
As the veteran spoke with elected officials about the campaign, many wondered of Trump would comment.
Trump has now given Kolfage his “Presidential seal of approval,” and his “blessing,” according to the New York Times.
Although Trump has not issued an official statement, former Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach told the New York Times last that he spoke with Trump on the phone.
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BREAKING! .@realDonaldTrump Just Approved And Blessed @WeBuildtheWall project!— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) January 25, 2019
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I am pleased to serve on the board of directors for this project. "We the People Will Fund the Wall" will fund private construction of a wall on America's southern border in order to protect citizens and preserve U.S. sovereignty. #BuildTheWall #ksleg https://t.co/FkEZL55heK— Kris W. Kobach (@KrisKobach1787) January 11, 2019
We are reviewing many border security plans this week when we head to Texas tomorrow. lots of incredible ideas from amazing designers and construction firms coming in and we’re going to work with border agents to ensure they get exactly what is required to protect Americans. pic.twitter.com/VrEKXFo2Iv— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) January 26, 2019
Our team is in Texas prepping for our arrival this upcoming weekend. Look what’s on the front page! It’s time we stop these cartels from profiting off human smuggling and drugs. They are raping young women and it must stop! We need the wall now! pic.twitter.com/SofE5tDCcr— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) January 22, 2019
According to the New York Times:
Mr. Kobach, a hard-line ally of President Trump known for his strident stand on immigration, has long advocated a tough border policy.
He is currently an advisory board member of “We Build the Wall Inc.” a nonprofit group that has collected more than $12 million toward the effort. Mr. Kobach says the group has obtained the presidential seal of approval for the private initiative.
President Trump gave the undertaking his “blessing” in a telephone conversation Wednesday night, according to Mr. Kobach.
The White House press office did not respond to requests for comment.
Mr. Kobach, 52, says the group will begin construction soon on its first section of the wall on donated property, likely in Texas, and that the work can be completed cheaply and efficiently by the private sector.
The private wall idea is an outgrowth of a plan started in December as a GoFundMe campaign by Brian Kolfage, a disabled Air Force veteran living in Florida who says the impetus for his project was mounting public frustration over the government’s failure to reach an agreement on border protection.
The triple-amputee veteran announced a few of the high-profile people backing the campaign:
Dr. Robert S. Spalding III,
Sheriff David Clark, F
ox New contributor Sara A. Carter,
Angel dad Steve Ronnebeck
All of which are on the We Build The Wall Inc. advisory board.
The married father-of-two lost both legs and his right arm in a 2004 insurgent attack in Iraq.
"Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens, and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society," the campaigns ays.
Kolfage says his grandparents immigrated to the US legally, adding, "they did it the correct way, and it's time we uphold our laws and get this wall BUILT!"