The US president, Donald Trump, said Thursday that "he was a joke" his claim that he builds in Colorado part of the border wall that was one of his biggest promises in the 2016 election campaign, since that state of the country has no border with Mexico
"We are building a wall on the New Mexico border, we are building a wall in Colorado," the president said Wednesday night in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) to widespread astonishment.
"We are building a beautiful wall, a huge one that really works, you can't go over it, you can't go under it," Trump continued. "And we are building a wall in Texas. We are not building a wall in Kansas but they benefit from the walls I just mentioned."RELATED
The "border wall" has been a centerpiece of Trump's rhetoric in his policy to contain illegal immigration. Trump, who also promised that Mexico would pay for the work, has had to resort to funds budgeted for other purposes in order to pay for the work in a few kilometers of construction.
Trump's geographical team immediately raised jokes and criticism, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, said on his Twitter account that the state "has no border with Mexico, but one good thing Colorado offers is childcare. free, all day, so that our children can learn basic geography. "
Well this is awkward … Colorado doesn’t border Mexico. Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography pic.twitter.com/bEXLDJYUku
– Jared Polis (@GovofCO) October 23, 2019
For his part Trump, on his Twitter account, noted this morning that he mentioned Colorado "as a joke" and added that he had also mentioned Kansas as a state where a wall will not be built.
(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 ”) refered to people in the very packed auditorium, from Colorado & Kansas, getting the benefit of the Border Wall!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2019
Repeatedly, since launching his presidential candidacy in 2015, Trump has referred to a "beautiful, huge wall" along the 3,200 kilometers of the US-Mexico border.
Apart from the repair and maintenance of physical fences already existing and financed by previous governments, the Trump Administration has plans to build more than 725 kilometers of wall by the end of 2020 at a cost estimated at 18.4 billion dollars.
The social media reactions following Trump's speech included that of a user "Missery" who commented "Trump is building a wall in Colorado, and New Mexico pays."
Another user, Joyce Ballotti, said she lives in Colorado and her house is almost on the banks of the Arkansas River … "an area that was part of Mexico at one time. With the Trump wall in Colorado I wonder on which side I will stay ".
Laramie "On the Loose" Williams wondered on her Twitter account "Why does everyone take her with Trump?"
"The construction of a wall in Colorado is the only way to prevent the Norwegians from invading the Saudi-Peruvians. But only if it is built along the portion of the Mississippi River in the Adirondacks."