A quick review of Trump’s prior statements, which you can see in the video above, shows he long promised the wall would be made, at least primarily, from concrete. But the “concrete” contradiction comes as congressional leaders try to pin down what Trump will, and will not, accept to reopen the government.
“The steel is actually more expensive than the concrete, but I think we are probably talking about steel because I really feel the other side feels better about it and I can understand what they are saying,” Trump said, failing to mention his tariffs have also increased the cost of steel.
But Trump’s steel politics may prove prescient.
“I am someone who is willing to see more border fencing as long as we choose a technology that DHS says is going to be effective,” Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) said Monday on “Fox and Friends.” “and I do think his moving towards steel slats rather than concrete wall, if it holds, is important.”