Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the southern border was one of his signature campaign proposals.
The media and Democrats scoffed that it was just all talk.
But his administration made a major announcement about when they expect the wall to be completed.
In his first television interview, Retired Marine General and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly discussed his time frame on when he believed the wall could be completed.
Secretary Kelly stunned viewers when he said he believed the wall could be completed in two years.
Fox News reports:
In his first television interview as Homeland Security Secretary, retired four-star Marine Gen. John F. Kelly told Fox News he wants the U.S.-Mexico border wall finished in two years – setting an ambitious schedule for the project ordered last week by President Trump.
“The wall will be built where it’s needed first, and then it will be filled in. That’s the way I look at it,” Kelly said. “I really hope to have it done within the next two years.”
Authority to build the wall exists under a 2006 law that was passed by Congress and supported by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The only issue is funding.
Congress has pledged to front the money for the wall while Trump works out how Mexico will pay for its construction.
Fox News also reports on Kelly discussing the logistics of building the wall:
“Any discussion about the protection of our southwest border involves discussion of physical barriers but also of technological sensors, things like that,” he said. “But it’s a layered approach, and it’s got to be backed up by great men and women who are going to make sure that the wall is intact.”
But first, the department faces the tough task of funding – and then building – what would be the largest-ever construction project undertaken by the president who made his name in real estate.
Kelly, who was tasked by the president’s executive order with overseeing the planning and construction of the wall, echoed Trump in saying they already “have the authority” under existing law.
“We’re looking at the money aspect,” he acknowledged. But he said the White House is working with Congress on the timetable.
“I think the funding will come relatively quickly and like I said, we will build it where it’s needed first as identified by the men and women who work the border,” Kelly emphasized.
Speaker Paul Ryan has pledged action on providing the funding for the wall.
He has said he would like to pass that legislation by August.
That would fit with Kelly’s timetable of starting construction on the wall within a matter of months.
Trump has stunned pundits and the American people with how quickly he is acting to implement his agenda.
No more is this evident than with the border wall.
Trump meant business when he proposed a wall along the Mexican border to help stop the flow of illegal immigration.
And his actions are backing up his words.