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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report 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 KushnerDemocrat calls for investigation of possible 'inappropriate influence' by Trump in border wall contract Judge temporarily halts construction of a private border wall in Texas Mueller witness linked to Trump charged in scheme to illegally funnel money to Clinton campaign MORE has also reportedly campaigned for the company to be given a contract, as has Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Schumer briefs Democrats on impeachment trial 'mechanics' Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators 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 SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' 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.