Trump’s wall: re­cent time­line

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June 21, 2017: A so­lar wall

“We're think­ing about build­ing the wall as a so­lar wall so it cre­ates en­ergy and pays for it­self and this way Mex­ico will have to pay much less money, and that's good, right? Is that good?” Trump told a crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The so­lar wall idea was later aban­doned.

Jan­uary 11, 2018: Move away from con­crete

Trump ex­plained to The Wall Street Jour­nal that bor­der of­fi­cials told him “they need see-through” and in­di­cated a con­crete wall might be the wrong thing be­cause of that. “We need a form of fence or win­dow,” Trump said.

“If you have a wall this thick and it's solid con­crete from ground to 32 feet high, which is a high wall, much higher than peo­ple planned. You go 32 feet up and you don't know who's over here,” he ex­plained. “If you don't know who's there, you've got a prob­lem.”

He also said the wall did not need to run the course of the en­tire bor­der be­cause of nat­u­ral bar­ri­ers. But he also in­sisted “the wall's iden­ti­cal” to what he promised on the cam­paign trail.

Jan­uary 18, 2018: 'The Wall is the Wall'

"The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I con­ceived of it," Trump tweeted in re­sponse to a Wash­ing­ton Post re­port that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said "a con­crete wall from sea to shin­ing sea" was not go­ing to hap­pen and that Trump's cam­paign prom­ises about the wall were "un­in­formed."

March 13, 2018: ‘We want to make it per­fecto'

Trump re­viewed eight pro­to­types for the wall in San Diego dur­ing a visit to the bor­der. All of the de­signs were con­crete, but only one in­cluded the see-through com­po­nent Trump said was nec­es­sary. He also re­peated the need for a tall wall, com­par­ing some mi­grants to “pro­fes­sional moun­tain climbers.” “We want to make it per­fecto,” he said of the wall.

De­cem­ber 21, 2018: ‘Steel Slat Bar­rier’

Trump shared a de­sign of a tall fence on Twit­ter, which he re­ferred to as a “Steel Slat Bar­rier.” “To­tally ef­fec­tive while at the same time beau­ti­ful!” he said.

De­cem­ber 25, 2018: ‘A wall, a fence, what­ever they’d like to call it’

“I can’t tell you when the gov­ern­ment is go­ing to re­open,” Trump told re­porters in the Oval Of­fice. “I can tell you it’s not go­ing to be open un­til we have a wall, a fence, what­ever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it what­ever they want. But it’s all the same thing. It’s a bar­rier from peo­ple pour­ing into our coun­try.”

De­cem­ber 31, 2018: ‘All con­crete Wall was NEVER ABAN­DONED’

“An all con­crete Wall was NEVER ABAN­DONED, as has been re­ported by the me­dia,” Trump tweeted ahead of New Year’s Eve. “Some ar­eas will be all con­crete but the ex­perts at Bor­der Pa­trol pre­fer a Wall that is see through (thereby mak­ing it pos­si­ble to see what is hap­pen­ing on both sides). Makes sense to me!” The pres­i­dent was ev­i­dently re­act­ing to a Los An­ge­les Times in­ter­view in which Kelly said, “To be hon­est, it’s not a wall.” “The pres­i­dent still says ‘wall’ – of­ten­times frankly he’ll say ‘bar­rier’ or ‘fenc­ing,’ now he’s tended to­ward steel slats. But we left a solid con­crete wall early on in the ad­min­is­tra­tion, when we asked peo­ple what they needed and where they needed it,” Kelly told the Times.

Jan­uary 5, 2019: ‘The Wall is Com­ing’

“The Wall is Com­ing,” Trump tweeted in the Game Of Thrones font with a pic­ture of a fence.

Jan­uary 6, 2019: ‘Steel rather than con­crete’

“We are now plan­ning a Steel Bar­rier rather than con­crete,” Trump tweeted. “It is both stronger & less ob­tru­sive. Good so­lu­tion, and made in the USA.”

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