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Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE has put his son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMary Trump doesn't think Trump will run in 2024 Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign Enforcing the Presidential Records Act is essential for preserving our democracy's transparency, history MORE, in charge of overseeing the construction of the border wall, The Washington Post reported Monday. 

Current and former administration officials told the Post that Kushner has taken the lead on the wall construction project, holding biweekly meetings covering the progress of the wall, contractor data, the location of the wall and how funding is being used.

Kushner is reportedly pressuring U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up the process of obtaining private land along the U.S.-Mexico border to build the wall.

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The president’s son-in-law is reportedly pushing to get 450 miles of barriers along the border finished before the 2020 election. Officials told the Post that more than 800 filings to seize private property need to be made to make that happen.

Kushner has frustrated officials with his lack of knowledge about government and his high expectations for the timeline, some told the Post.

“So he took a much more hands-on role in figuring out, mile by mile, how to get more wall up,” a person involved with the construction told the Post. “It didn’t help put wall up faster and cheaper. His interventions actually just created more inefficiency in the process.”

Senior administration officials told the Post that Kushner has attributed the delay in the wall construction to former chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen'Anonymous' whistleblower Miles Taylor changing locations, employing private security after death threats Biden picks first Latino to lead Homeland Security Judge says acting DHS secretary appointment unlawful, invalidates DACA suspension MORE

White House declined to comment to the Post, and The Hill reached out for comment.

Trump ran on a campaign promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it, but the country denied those terms. The president has since struggled to obtain adequate funding for the wall from Congress.

The Trump administration has constructed about 83 miles of the wall so far, with nearly all of it classified as “replacement wall.” To finish by the election, construction would need to move four times faster, according to the Post.