Trump lashes out at media after border criticism

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems 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 DrudgeTrump lashes out at media after border criticism Trump takes hit from conservative commentators on border wall Drudge launches rare criticism of Fox News: 'Check your soul in the makeup chair' MORE, sharing the Washington Examiner article with the title “NO NEW WALL AT ALL.”

Conservative commentator Ann CoulterAnn Hart CoulterCoulter rips Trump for signaling support for tougher background checks NBC analyst: Trump re-raising US flags on Aug. 8 'very significant to the neo-Nazi movement' Juan Williams: Trump's trouble with women 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.