- Former president Donald Trump has launched a new website: 45office.com.
- The website describes Trump’s achievements and offers personalized greetings to followers.
- Yet it makes no mention of the unfinished wall at the southern border that was his signature policy.
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President Donald Trump launched a website describing his legacy as president in his typical hyperbolic style – and omitted all mention of the border wall with Mexico which he proposed but failed to build.
The website, 45office.com, contains a page detailing his record on issues including the economy, national security and the coronavirus pandemic.
Supporters can also use the site to request a personalized greeting from the former president.
In the section on immigration and borders, it claims that “President Trump achieved the most secure border in United States history.”
It describes agreements with other countries on migration, visa reform, and tighter eligibility requirements brought in by his officials.
It total Trump took some 400 executive actions in the hope of making good on his pledge to stem migration to the US.
But conspicuous by its absence is any mention of the wall, the proposed barrier along the US-Mexico border that was the signature policy during his successful run for the White House in 2016.
The wall became a symbol for the hardline anti-immigration policies that helped win him victory.
Yet when he left office only 80 miles of new wall had been completed, with much of the time during Trump’s 4 years in office spent reinforcing the 400 miles of fences and other barriers that had been put in place under earlier administrations.
Trump had pledged that a wall 1,000 miles long would be built, and that it would be funded by Mexico. The $15 billion in funding instead came from US taxpayers.
As reported by Insider’s Mia Jankowicz, much of the borderland around Arizona was left in an eerie state of incompleteness, with lengths of barrier that abruptly stop, and vast chasms blasted through the landscape that never had a wall built in them.
Trump unsuccessfully campaigned for reelection last year under the slogan “promises made, promises kept.” Then he claimed that because of the dilapidated state of earlier barriers the 400 new miles should be counted as new construction.
A report by the Cato Institute, a libertarian economics think tank, in February found that Trump’s policies reduced legal migration by 63%.
But they had limited effect in reducing the number of undocumented migrants entering the US, it said.
President Joe Biden halted construction of the wall when he took office in January. His administration promised a new policy on the wall by March 20, but missed the deadline and has yet to say what it will do next.
Biden, having pledged a more humane migration policy than Trump’s, currently faces his own dilemma at the southern border, where the number of undocumented migrants attempting to enter the country increased sharply after he took office.
In response, Biden has kept in place a Trump administration pandemic law allowing migrants to be deported quickly, and has drawn criticism from progressives for keeping open detention facilities to hold unaccompanied minors.