Trump pushing for GOP donor's company to get border wall contract: report

Trump pushing for GOP donor's company to get border wall contract: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE has personally pushed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to give a GOP donor and frequent Fox News guest’s construction company a border wall contract, according to The Washington Post.

Trump has repeatedly urged leaders at the Army Corps and the Department of Homeland Security to award the contract to North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, according to the Post, citing four administration officials.

Fisher’s CEO, Tommy Fisher, frequently appears on Fox News and conservative talk radio, claiming his firm can build over 200 miles of wall in under a year and that the company’s weathered steel design would allow it to complete the project on time at a lower cost. Fisher has also met with members of Congress and invited government officials to see barrier prototypes in the desert.

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The Post reported that Trump's "aggressive" push for Fisher to receive the contract has surprised Homeland Security and military officials.

“Fisher has invited officials of many agencies and members of Congress to demonstrate what we believe are vastly superior construction methods and capabilities,” Scott Sleight, an attorney for Fisher, told the Post. “Consistent with the goals President Trump has also outlined, Fisher’s goal is to, as expeditiously as possible, provide the best quality border protection at the best price for the American people at our Nation’s border.”

Trump’s son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate Blagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE has also reportedly campaigned for the company to be given a contract, as has Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerTrump Fed nominee stirs controversy ahead of hearing Senators, bruised by impeachment, hunt for deals Plan to probe Bidens sparks GOP divisions MORE (R-N.D.), who has received thousands in campaign donations from Fisher and members of his family.

Trump “always brings them up,” Cramer told the Post, saying the president had been impressed by Fisher’s aggressive sales pitch on Fox News.

The company was one of six to build border wall prototypes near San Diego in 2017, according to the Post, but was told its proposed design did not meet Army Corps standards. Fisher sued the U.S. government last month, claiming unspecified improprieties in the border wall procurement process.

“The President is one of the country’s most successful builders and knows better than anyone how to negotiate the best deals,” White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders says she 'can't think of anything dumber than' having Congress run foreign policy Rapid turnover shapes Trump's government God did not elect Trump, people did MORE Sanders told the Post in an email. “He wants to make sure we get the job done under budget and ahead of schedule.”

Neither Fox News nor the White House immediately responded to a request for comment from The Hill.