Trump used old pictures to signal the 'start of' his controversial border wall in a tweet on Wednesday.

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Trump uses old photos to signal the ‘start of’ his border wall

The project he took photos from has been in the works for months.

 

Andrew Wyrich

Tech

Published Mar 29, 2018   Updated Mar 29, 2018, 2:27 pm CDT

President Donald Trump used old photos of an existing border wall project when he tweeted about the “start of” his controversial plan to build a border wall along the southern border of the country.

Trump tweeted that he had a “great briefing” on Wednesday about “the start of our Southern Border WALL!” with pictures of a wall being built.

The only problem? The pictures Trump used in the tweet are of a project that is replacing existing parts of a border wall in southern California, as BuzzFeed points out.

In February, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a 2.25-mile section of wall near Calexico, California would be replaced with a 30-foot high wall, calling it one of the agency’s “highest priority projects.”

The wall that is being replaced was built in the 1990s, according to the agency. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the project began in 2009 under former President Barack Obama.

In fact, Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon told the newspaper: “It is not a new wall. It’s a replacement wall.”

In fact, in February, the Customs & Border Protection agency in San Diego tweeted some of the pictures that wound up in Trump’s tweet.

Trump’s use of photos to signal the start of his controversial wall was quickly mocked. While many noticed that the pictures were not from the start of his border wall, as he suggested, hundreds of people took Trump’s tweet to mean that construction has begun.

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Trump also once claimed that he wouldn’t start doing construction on the border in California until he got funding for the entire wall.

So there’s that, too.

You can read all of BuzzFeed’s report here.

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*First Published: Mar 29, 2018, 1:12 pm CDT