Trump lashes out at media after border criticism

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? MORE attacked the press for giving his administration “zero credit” for its work on a wall on the southern border in a tweet Monday evening. 

“When we rip down and totally replace a badly broken and dilapidated Barrier on the Southern Border, something which cannot do the job, the Fake News Media gives us zero credit for building a new Wall. We have replaced many miles of old Barrier with powerful new Walls,” he wrote.

On Saturday, the Washington Examiner published a story saying the Trump administration has not installed "a single mile of new wall in a previously fenceless part of the U.S.-Mexico border" since Trump took office, though it has reportedly received funding for 205 miles of barrier. 

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The report came after U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that the fencing that has been completed since Trump took office was "in place of dilapidated designs."

In April, NBC News also reported that a section of the fencing on the southern border that was supposed to be the first piece of Trump’s border wall was actually part of a project approved during the Obama administration.

Conservative commentators slammed the president for the delay on one of his central promises, with Drudge Report, a site run by conservative Matt DrudgeMatthew (Matt) Nathan DrudgeClinton asked if she'd be Bloomberg's vice president: 'Oh no' Billy Eichner to play Matt Drudge in Clinton-focused 'American Crime Story' Drudge faces conservative pushback after mocking Trump's Colorado wall comment MORE, sharing the Washington Examiner article with the title “NO NEW WALL AT ALL.”

Conservative commentator Ann CoulterAnn Hart CoulterApril's dumbest and most dangerous coronavirus declarations Coulter: Democrats are killing their best chance to beat Trump with 'woke' politics Social media struggles to counter coronavirus misinformation MORE also shared the headline on Twitter, writing, "I guess @realDonaldTrump is too chicken to call @DRUDGE a wacky nutjob." Trump called Coulter a “wacky nut job” in March.  

Administration officials told the Washington Examiner that the fencing replacing old barriers had fewer zoning requirements, and they accused Democratic lawmakers of holding up additional funding.