Trump lashes out at media after border criticism

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? 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. 


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 DrudgeMatt Drudge: Democratic nomination is Elizabeth Warren's to lose Trump lashes out at media after border criticism Trump takes hit from conservative commentators on border wall MORE, sharing the Washington Examiner article with the title “NO NEW WALL AT ALL.”

Conservative commentator Ann CoulterAnn Hart CoulterConservatives rail against Braves for reducing 'tomahawk chop' after Native American pitcher calls it 'disrespectful' Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers ramp up Silicon Valley antitrust probe | Treasury sanctions North Korean cyber groups | Thiel to host Kobach fundraiser Ann Coulter singles out Klobuchar during Democratic debate: She is 'killing it' 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.