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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Video shows contractors blowing up mountains in Arizona for Trump’s border wall after Biden became president. They have 7 days to stop.

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A video still of blasting for border wall construction in Guadalupe Canyon, Arizona, on the day of Biden’s inauguration.

  • Workers on the US-Mexico wall set off explosions on the border even after President Biden took office.
  • Footage from Inauguration Day shows dynamiting work for Trump’s doomed border wall.
  • Biden later signed a proclamation mandating that the work end within 7 days.
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Contractors in Arizona kept setting off dynamite for former President Donald Trump’s southern border wall on Inauguration Day, even after President Joe Biden had taken office.

Footage from Guadalupe Canyon, in Arizona’s Peloncillo Mountains, shows blasting work at around 11.30 a.m. local time, or 1.30 p.m. in Washington DC. Biden had been sworn in just before midday.

It was recorded by photographer John Darwin Kurc, who posted it on Twitter:

Campaigners have criticized the continued construction, characterizing it as needless environmental destruction and a waste of taxpayer money.

Hours after the explosion, Biden signed a proclamation ordering construction work to pause, part of a flurry of actions to undo the work of his predecessor.

The proclamation rescinded the emergency declaration that allowed Trump to fund the border wall, calling it “unwarranted.”

It ordered the work to halt “as soon as possible,” but gave contractors up to seven days to stop.

The document stopped short of declaring a definitive end to the project. Instead, it ordered a review of all contracts and the consequences of “terminating or repurposing” them.

But it signals a step in the direction of Biden’s campaign trail promise, that “not another foot of wall” would be built under his presidency.

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A composite image showing before (L) and after (R) blasting for Trump’s border wall in Guadalupe Canyon, Arizona, on the day of Biden’s inauguration.

Insider’s footage shows that did continue in the opening moments of his administration – consistent with reports that blasting had been going ahead at an accelerated pace in the last weeks of Trump’s term.

In that time contractors rushed to meet a target of finishing 450 miles of wall by the end of the year. On Inauguration Day, they appeared determined to keep going to the last moment.

Much of the work has been futile, campaigners have told Insider. Hundreds of tons of explosive have been used to blast paths through rocky, inaccessible areas of Arizona to make space for a wall that wouldn’t be built on time.

Insider was previously told by campaigners that this work was achieving nothing. In some areas, they said, it could actually be making border security worse by creating new paths through previously inhospitable terrain.

In December, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), which oversees wall contracts, said that contractors could be expected to continue work until told to stop. 

Kurc, the photographer who recorded the Inauguration Day blasting, has been documenting the process for more than a year. He described the recent weeks of activity as “busywork.”

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A composite image showing stages of a blast in Guadalupe Canyon, Arizona, in the border wall construction on Biden’s Inauguration Day.

In the last year, a line has been cut through mountain ranges along the whole of Arizona, he told Insider, wrecking the landscape for little gain.

Environmental campaigners such as Laiken Jordahl, who works with the Center for Biological Diversity, called the impact of the construction “an existential threat” to endangered wildlife in the region that was once strictly protected.

Native American communities such as the Todono O’odham have seen sacred lands destroyed for construction, an act that tribal leader Ned Norris told Congress was “like building a 30-foot wall through Arlington Cemetery.”

Gan Golan, a community organizer working with the No Border Wall Coalition of Laredo, Texas, told Insider that Trump had put wall construction into “overdrive” since losing the election.

“His goal was to put as much in place as possible to make it harder for Biden to stop it,” he said.

“And of course the contractors were trying to spend as much of the taxpayer’s money as they possibly could before they feared they had to stop construction … And that means that every day counts, that’s why the day one declaration to halt construction is so important.”

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