President Trump took to Twitter to call out the media for its misleading reporting of a border wall situation.
According to The Daily Wire:
Last week the Fake News said that a section of our powerful, under construction, Southern Border Wall “fell over”, trying to make it sound terrible, except the reason was that the concrete foundation was just poured & soaking wet when big winds kicked in. Quickly fixed “forever”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2020
Trump’s slam on the “fake news media” follows a series of reports by left-leaning outlets presenting the fallen wall section in the worst of terms. As The Daily Wire highlighted, headlines and social media posts by CNN, NBC News, HuffPost, NowThis, and AJ+ (Al Jazeera) portrayed the fall without key context:
CNN: Portion of US border wall in California falls over in high winds and lands on Mexican side
NBC News: Portions of California border wall wilt and fall into Mexico after high winds
HuffPost: “Trump’s signature border wall fell over in Mexico from high winds a day after he boasted about the strength of his barrier.”
WaPo reporter Nick Miroff explained the misleading nature of the reporting:
When there are issues, flaws, problems etc with the border wall and its construction, we will continue to cover them. This incident was not one of those.
— Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) January 30, 2020
Trump continues to fight for more border wall and has taken creative approaches like shifting money from the Pentagon’s budget to help build miles of the wall at the southern border.