Rep. Ilhan Omar slammed President Joe Biden for attempting to quietly continue work on the southern border wall project commissioned by President Donald Trump, just after Biden loudly proclaimed that he was ordering the halt of all construction on the barrier.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 7, 2021
Visibly flustered White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted Tuesday that the Biden administration is engaging in “limited construction” of the border wall project started by President Donald Trump. Joe Biden bragged about halting the construction of the wall with an executive order on his first day in office.
“The DHS secretary is reportedly looking to finish some gaps in the southern border, how does that fit with President Biden’s day one executive order to stop border wall construction?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki on Tuesday.
Psaki stuttered in response, claiming the construction was partly “paused” while “agencies are developing a plan for the President on the management of the federal funds.”
“And wall construction was being challenged in multiple lawsuits,” Psaki said. “For much of the wall, I should say, not all of it, by plaintiffs who allege serious environmental and safety issues. Under those circumstances, federal agencies are continuing to review walk on tracks and develop a plan to submit to the present soon it is.”
“It is paused,” Psaki insisted. “There is some limited construction that has been funded and allocated for, but it is otherwise paused.”