WH Budget Director: No Money for ‘Bricks and Mortar,’ But Millions for 20-Ft. High Steel Border Wall

By Melanie Arter | May 2, 2017 | 9:16 PM EDT

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - Although there’s no money in the spending budget to build a “bricks and mortar” wall along the U.S-Mexico border, there is money for a 20-foot high steel wall,” which the Department of Homeland Security said it has, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday.

“You’ve heard me talk a lot of over the course of the last couple of weeks. I’ve been on television saying, ‘Oh, there’s no bricks and mortar. There’s no bricks and mortar.’ And there’s no bricks and mortar for a wall in this. We can build this, okay? And we’re going to build this,” Mulvaney said, pointing to a photo of a steel wall replacing existing fencing along the border.


“There’s several hundreds of millions of dollars for us to replace cyclone fencing with 20-foot high steel wall,” Mulvaney said.

“We are building this now. There is money in this deal to build several hundreds of millions of dollars to build this to replace this,” Mulvaney said, referring to the steel wall. “That’s what we got in this deal, and that’s what the Democrats don’t want you to know.

“This stuff is going up now. Why? Because the president wants to make the country more safe. This (cyclone fence) doesn’t stop drugs and doesn’t stop criminals from crossing the border. In fact, it doesn’t stop anything from crossing the border,” Mulvaney said.

“This does,” he said, referring to the steel wall, “and that’s what we got in this deal, and that’s why we’re so excited about the opportunities that we have to follow through on the president’s promises to secure the southern border.”

“This is the wall by the way that DHS said they have. I sat in the Oval Office with the president. We talked about bricks and mortar. We talked about concrete walls. This is what DHS wants. Why? Because it actually works  better,” Mulvaney said.

While “you can tunnel under anything,” the steel wall is actually safer, because Border Patrol agents can see through it, the budget director said.

“When we have this in place now, and we do, it’s actually safer for our Border Patrol agents. You can talk to DHS about the details, but there’s been a dramatic reduction in attacks on our Border Patrol agents, where they can see through the wall, because no one’s throwing anything over the top at them. This is what DHS wanted,” he said.

“It’s also half of the cost, so we can build much of it. This is a huge win for border security,” Mulvaney said.

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