UPDATED 2:15 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020
Construction workers in India are building a wall ahead of President Trump’s visit later this month. The president is expected to attend an event in the country in the coming weeks.
Before his arrival, workers are expected to complete a seven-foot tall wall that will reportedly conceal slum communities. However, a government official said the wall is part of an ongoing “beautification and cleanliness” project. Officials also said the wall is being built for security purposes.
Walling Poverty in Modi's India? The Ahmedabad civic body builds a 7ft wall to hide unseemly sights that may expose India's poverty, will not be shown to US President Trump roadshow with Modi. They are building walls on a war-footing to conceal slums on the route of the roadshow. pic.twitter.com/9NUACVGt7N
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Some residents are already excited about the president’s upcoming arrival.
“We are very happy that Donald Trump is coming here. We are going to give him a warm welcome by making him wear a traditional scarf, which we make here. We are also going to do prayers and he is going to attend prayers of all faiths.” – Pratimaben Vohra, local museum guide
Meanwhile, the Defense Department is transferring additional funds to the president’s U.S. border wall in an effort to increase security. On Thursday, the Pentagon said it’s moving $3.8 billion from several programs toward building the wall.
Officials said the funds are being pulled from its lower priority programs, such as the controversial F-35 fighter jet.
Democrats have denounced the wall as a “vanity project,” but immigration officials said it actually works to deter crime near the border. The Pentagon added the border wall has greatly reduced threats to U.S. national security as well.