During a border wall assembly on the White House final month amid the coronavirus pandemic, the president informed senior adviser Jared Kushner and aides to maneuver ahead with the paint job and to hunt out value estimates, in keeping with 4 administration officers with information of the assembly,” the Post studies.
“POTUS has changed his mind and now wants the fence painted. We are modifying contracts to add,” stated one official concerned within the building effort who, like others, spoke on the situation of anonymity for worry of being fired.
Trump, throughout that assembly, directed aides to hunt enter from North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel, an organization the president favors. Fisher has a $400 million contract to construct a bit of recent barrier in Arizona, an award that’s below evaluation by the Department of Defense inspector common.
The Post obtained a replica of portray estimates that federal contracting officers produced, and it reveals prices starting from $500 million for 2 coats of acrylic paint to greater than $3 billion for a premium “powder coating” on the construction’s 30-foot metal bollards, the excessive finish of the choices the officers have recognized.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent sits close to the Calexico Port of Entry, the place the part of the border fence that’s painted black is to the suitable and the unpainted border fence is to the left. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
The White House has not but chosen a grade of paint, however Trump has insisted for years that the barrier needs to be black to discourage climbers. He has favored a shade referred to as “flat black” or “matte black” due to its heat-absorbent properties.