Trump aide predicts ‘hundreds of miles’ of border wall by 2020

19 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: A top adviser to Donald Trump said Sunday that the president’s emergency declaration could allow “hundreds of miles” of barriers to be built on the Mexican border before the 2020 election, reports AFP.

“You’re looking at hundreds of miles,” Stephen Miller said on “Fox News Sunday,” “probably a couple hundred miles” by September 2020, two months before the election.

Trump has made clear he plans to exploit the issue in his re-election campaign, even amid sharp criticism from Democrats, rights groups, border-state landowners—and several prominent Republicans.

The president on Friday invoked a “national emergency” to justify tapping military and other funds for barrier construction, after Congress approved less than a fourth the $5.7 billion he had sought for border security.