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USA: Trump's top deputies deflect criticism over border wall

United States, Washington DC
May 2, 2017 at 07:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly stated that building the promised border wall on US-Mexico frontier was the government’s “largest investment in border security in 10 years”, speaking at the White House press briefing in Washington DC, Tuesday.

“We are beginning to get the tools we need to make a change,” Kelly said before adding he was "shocked" by some public servants who he claimed were celebrating the fact that the wall would be "slower to be built."

Speaking after Kelly, US budget director Mick Mulvaney said that the wall was under construction. He illustrated the progress by comparing two photographs taken in an undisclosed location showing two types of border wall.

Commenting on whether Mexico was still going to be made to pay for the wall, as promise made during US President Donald Trump’s election campaign, Mulvaney said, “My job is to spend the money. We are already working on ways to try and get Mexico to pay for it but that's not my concern right now, I'm trying to get this thing built."

On Sunday, US lawmakers announced that they had reached an agreement on a budget spending bill that would avoid government shutdown until September. However, the arrangement did not include several requirements sought by President Trump, including the border wall.

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US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly stated that building the promised border wall on US-Mexico frontier was the government’s “largest investment in border security in 10 years”, speaking at the White House press briefing in Washington DC, Tuesday.

“We are beginning to get the tools we need to make a change,” Kelly said before adding he was "shocked" by some public servants who he claimed were celebrating the fact that the wall would be "slower to be built."

Speaking after Kelly, US budget director Mick Mulvaney said that the wall was under construction. He illustrated the progress by comparing two photographs taken in an undisclosed location showing two types of border wall.

Commenting on whether Mexico was still going to be made to pay for the wall, as promise made during US President Donald Trump’s election campaign, Mulvaney said, “My job is to spend the money. We are already working on ways to try and get Mexico to pay for it but that's not my concern right now, I'm trying to get this thing built."

On Sunday, US lawmakers announced that they had reached an agreement on a budget spending bill that would avoid government shutdown until September. However, the arrangement did not include several requirements sought by President Trump, including the border wall.

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