Trump: Calif. wall sections won’t be built until entire project is approved

Trump: Calif. wall sections won’t be built until entire project is approved
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President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Wednesday tweeted that the section of his proposed border wall approved Tuesday by a federal judge will not be built until the remainder of the planned wall is approved.

Trump said on Twitter that "sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW," apparently referring to the section of the wall that was approved Tuesday against the wishes of the state of California "will not be built until the whole Wall is approved."

"I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!" Trump said.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom Trump once famously attacked for his Mexican-American heritage, ruled Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security could waive environmental restrictions in building a section of the wall in California due to 14 miles of existing fencing no longer being "optimal" for border protection.


Trump's statement that the state of California "wants" the wall built seemingly flies in the face of statements from California's leaders, including Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCongress must fix loophole that is costing patients at the pharmacy House Democrats expand probe into political interference into CDC during Trump administration Florida asks Supreme Court to block CDC's limits on cruise ship industry MORE, who vowed to keep fighting the Trump administration in court over immigration and border security issues.

“We will evaluate all of our options and are prepared to do what is necessary to protect our people, our values, and our economy from federal overreach,” Becerra said. “A medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border simply does not belong in the 21st century.”

Environmental groups who were involved in the lawsuit also attacked the decision, calling the Trump administration's waiving of environmental statutes "unconstitutional."

"The Trump administration has completely overreached its authority in its rush to build this destructive, senseless wall," wrote Brian Segee of the Center for Biological Diversity. "They’re giving unprecedented, sweeping power to an unelected agency chief to ignore dozens of laws and crash through hundreds of miles of spectacular borderlands." 

The lawsuit, filed by the state of California last year, argued that the department had improperly waived the National Environmental Policy Act and other immigration and environmental rules to speed up the construction of the wall.