President Trump is clarifying remarks he made about building a border wall in Colorado, saying it was made “kiddingly.”
When speaking at the Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh, Trump claimed Republicans would win New Mexico in the next election because voters there want border safety. The President then touted his construction plans for a southern border wall, but few were probably not expecting to hear one of the borders he was about to name.
“And we’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works, that you can’t get over, you can’t get under…”
Trump’s remarks drew flack from Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis who reminded everyone that the Rocky Mountain State does not border Mexico, posting on Facebook “Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography.”
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A geography refresher shows that Colorado is surrounded by seven U.S. states, sharing a border with New Mexico. Remembering that previous false statements can be solved with the work of a Sharpie, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy came to Trump’s defense, posting visual proof on Twitter that Colorado does border Mexico...sort of.
The President clarified his speech in a tweet: “(Kiddingly) ‘We’re building a wall in Colorado’ (then stated, ‘We’re not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the wall we’re building on the border’).”
Trump building a sea-to-sea wall on the southern border has been a long-promised platform of his, but CNN reports that based on government data through September, no new border wall construction has taken place, but rather 69 miles of previously existing border fencing that was deemed dilapidated has been replaced.