WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a wall is being built in Colorado.
"And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall. A big one that really works — that you can’t get over, you can’t get under,” Trump said during a speech at the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh.
He continued, “And we’re building a wall in Texas. And we’re not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible.”
Colorado is not positioned along the U.S. southern border, where Trump has focused his desire for a physical barrier, and there have been no reports of plans to construct a border wall in the state. A portion of the border wall is being built along the Colorado River in Arizona.
While it was presumed Trump simply misspoke, the president tweeted that he was "kiddingly" talking about a wall in Colorado, adding that he was speaking to "people in the very packed auditorium, from Colorado & Kansas, getting the benefit of the Border Wall!"
(Kiddingly) We’re building a Wall in Colorado”(then stated, “we’re not building a Wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the Wall we’re building on the Border”) refered to people in the very packed auditorium, from Colorado & Kansas, getting the benefit of the Border Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2019
Nevertheless, Trump’s comments spread on Twitter.
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) October 23, 2019
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) October 23, 2019
We can confidently say that Mexico is never going to pay for a wall with Colorado. https://t.co/Jwniln1HFT
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 23, 2019
Is NEW Mexico gonna pay for it? https://t.co/DoSNGfsB9C
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) October 23, 2019
Trump’s border wall promise was a main campaign slogan from 2016, and the president recently said his administration will redirect $3.6 billion in Pentagon money to step up construction on the barrier.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump at Shale Insight: ‘We’re building a wall in Colorado’