Trump says private border wall built by supporters 'only done to make me look bad'

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE claimed Sunday that a section of fencing built by a private company along a wildlife refuge near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona was "only done to make me look bad."

In a tweet, the president claimed that he had never supported efforts by a private contractor to build a section of border fencing along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge despite Washington Post reports indicating that Trump himself had pushed for the company to win approval for funding from the Defense Department.

"I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads. It was only done to make me look bad, and perhsps it now doesn’t even work. Should have been built like rest of Wall, 500 plus miles," he tweeted.


His tweet comes despite reporting from the Post that Trump became a fan of Fisher Sand and Gravel, the company behind the planned 31-mile stretch of fencing near Tucson, Ariz., after seeing the company's CEO during media appearances on Fox News and Fox Business. In those appearances, CEO Tommy Fisher appealed to Trump and promised quick construction of border fencing. Only about 3 miles of the fencing has been erected so far.

The president even went as far as to inquire about the company's bid for funding from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Post reported last year.

Now completed, the project is under federal review, as government attorneys have alleged that sections of the fencing are endangered by erosion. A spokesperson for the company told ProPublica that the reported erosion was “a normal part of new construction projects like this and does not in any way compromise the fence or associated roadway.” 

Updated at 9:00 a.m. on 7/13 to correctly describe the amount of fencing constructed by Fisher.