Border Wall Going Up 1 Mile Per Day, 450 Miles By 2020 - Pentagon Reveals
Pentagon Chief Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman gives press briefing
The Trump administration is building around a mile of the border each day with the aim to complete 450 miles by the end of 2020, the Pentagon announced.
Pentagon Chief Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman described the pace of construction during a press briefing Thursday.
“Right now we’re at a pace of about a mile a day. And we’ll see that continue to go up,” Hoffman said.
President Donald Trump visited the southwest border this week to mark progress.
President Trump traveled to the southwest earlier this week to view progress on the border wall.
“Now, the wall still, obviously, has a ways to go, but we’re building it at a breakneck speed,” he said.
Hoffman also confirmed that almost all of the $2.5 billion military counter-drug money designated to the border wall is now on contract.
He added that the remaining funds, $3 million, would be obligated next week.
The $2.5 billion will be put towards border projects in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
“That is going to build 129 miles of wall — all of that money is on contract as of — I think there’s $3 million left — and that’ll be by the end of next week. "
Hoffman added that the Pentagon is also making steady progress with the $3.6 billion that Defense Secretary Mark Esper transferred earlier this month.
He added the Department of Interior (DOI) transferred 70 miles of the border, allowing the Army Corps of Engineers to build another 175 miles.
Right now we’re getting the first of those contracts ready to go…we have property from DOI that needed to be transferred over for a number of those, so we got to work through that process, and it’s going to take months to get that,” he said.
GREAT progress on the Border Wall! pic.twitter.com/TvOYxgsBSv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2019
“But our goal is that by the end of next year, we will have completed over 450 miles of wall construction all-told, across the federal government,” he said.
Hoffman said he expects the pace of building to increase.
“What you’re going to see is … it’ll take a little awhile, as we do the planning, we buy the property, we do the environmental assessment, and all the other things and assessments that we need to do, and you’ll see a rapid increase in the amount,” he said.
Army Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, updated on the overall progress of the border projects.
“Sixty-six miles today are already completed. There’s 251 miles that are under contract, going in the ground right now at 17 other sites,” he said.
“There’s 163 miles that are actually on contracts that are going to be [awarded] in the next 90 days,” he said.
“The remainder of the miles the President talked about is mainly private land that takes a little bit longer to get.”
Trump made his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday and signed a new section of the wall with his infamous permanent marker.
The president visited a section of the border near San Diego in order to promote the continuing construction of the wall.