Trump’s new website boasting of his contribution to US border security makes no mention of the wall that he never finished

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Donald Trump, at the time US President, shows off a prototype wall design near San Diego, California, in March 2018.

  • Former president Donald Trump has launched a new website: 45office.com.
  • The website describes Trump’s achievements and offers personalized greetings to followers.
  • Yet it makes no mention of the unfinished wall at the southern border that was his signature policy.
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President Donald Trump launched a website describing his legacy as president in his typical hyperbolic style – and omitted all mention of the border wall with Mexico which he proposed but failed to build.

The website, 45office.com, contains a page detailing his record on issues including the economy, national security and the coronavirus pandemic.

Supporters can also use the site to request a personalized greeting from the former president.

In the section on immigration and borders, it claims that “President Trump achieved the most secure border in United States history.”

It describes agreements with other countries on migration, visa reform, and tighter eligibility requirements brought in by his officials.

It total Trump took some 400 executive actions in the hope of making good on his pledge to stem migration to the US.

But conspicuous by its absence is any mention of the wall, the proposed barrier along the US-Mexico border that was the signature policy during his successful run for the White House in 2016.

The wall became a symbol for the hardline anti-immigration policies that helped win him victory.

Yet when he left office only 80 miles of new wall had been completed, with much of the time during Trump’s 4 years in office spent reinforcing the 400 miles of fences and other barriers that had been put in place under earlier administrations.

Trump had pledged that a wall 1,000 miles long would be built, and that it would be funded by Mexico. The $15 billion in funding instead came from US taxpayers.

As reported by Insider’s Mia Jankowicz, much of the borderland around Arizona was left in an eerie state of incompleteness, with lengths of barrier that abruptly stop, and vast chasms blasted through the landscape that never had a wall built in them.

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Part-finished border wall in Arizona, as seen in January 2021.

Trump unsuccessfully campaigned for reelection last year under the slogan “promises made, promises kept.” Then he claimed that because of the dilapidated state of earlier barriers the 400 new miles should be counted as new construction.

A report by the Cato Institute, a libertarian economics think tank, in February found that Trump’s policies reduced legal migration by 63%.

But they had limited effect in reducing the number of undocumented migrants entering the US, it said.

President Joe Biden halted construction of the wall when he took office in January. His administration promised a new policy on the wall by March 20, but missed the deadline and has yet to say what it will do next.

Biden, having pledged a more humane migration policy than Trump’s, currently faces his own dilemma at the southern border, where the number of undocumented migrants attempting to enter the country increased sharply after he took office.

In response, Biden has kept in place a Trump administration pandemic law allowing migrants to be deported quickly, and has drawn criticism from progressives for keeping open detention facilities to hold unaccompanied minors.

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Susan Rice is burning sage in her West Wing office, once occupied by anti-immigrant hardliner Stephen Miller, used to cleanse a space of negativity

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Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 26, 2021.

  • Susan Rice has redecorated the West Wing office formerly occupied by Stephen Miller.
  • In the room where Miller formulated Trump’s anti-immigration policies, she’s put up Haitian art and used scented sage. 
  • The Biden administration has reversed many of the Trump administration’s migration policies. 
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Susan Rice, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, occupies the same West Wing office recently used by Stephen Miller, the Trump administration’s anti-immigration hardliner, The New York Times reported Saturday. 

As a prominent Black Democrat often vilified by conservatives, she’s aware of the “symbolism” of occupying the space where Miller formulated policies, including the widely reviled child separation policy, and has taken a few steps to redecorate. 

In the room, a painting from Haiti’s Caribbean nation now hangs, and the room is scented with sage candles. 

Burning sage has been used in indigenous people’s rituals for centuries to cleanse a person or space of negativity and promote healing and wisdom.

Apparently confirming the report, Rice, on Saturday evening, tweeted a picture of the office’s new decorations. 

Miller was among Trump’s most influential advisors. He was the architect of Trump’s hardline anti-immigration strategy, including the child separation policy, the Muslim ban, and the redirection of military money to finance the wall along the southern border that remained unfinished when Trump left office. 

Under the child separation policy, thousands of children were separated from their undocumented migrant parents and held in squalid detention facilities on the US-Mexican border.

He survived calls from Democrats for his resignation after emails were obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center showing him promoting white nationalist conspiracy theories and citing notorious white nationalist websites. 

Rice, a domestic policy advisor, is taking a key role in President Biden’s reversal of Trump-era migration policies.

On February 3, Rice said that the administration would form a special task force to reunite the 3,000 children still displaced due to the child separation policy with their parents or family. 

Rice served as Barack Obama’s national security advisor and attracted criticism from conservatives over the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, where a US diplomat was killed. 

In February, the administration was criticized for reopening one of the Trump administration’s detention facilities for children to house unaccompanied minors entering the country. 

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