After spending weeks trying to placate Democrats by suggesting they could call his border wall something else, President Trump is now not only insisting that it will be a “wall,” but he’s referring to existing barriers as walls.
Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go. Renovation of existing WALLS is also a very big part of the plan to finally, after many decades, properly Secure Our Border. The Wall is getting done one way or the other!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019
Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! A WALL is a WALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019
This means at least one of two things. First, he has definitely given up on negotiating a deal with Democrats. Calling what the stuff he wants to build a wall means he can forget about compromising with them, not that they were going to compromise anyway. Second, it could also mean he has decided to declare the situation at the border an emergency and have the military build the wall.
Or maybe not. He’s also calling existing barriers, which continue to be built and repaired, walls. That sounds like he may have given up on building an actual new wall and wants to campaign on things that are already there and on things short of an actual wall that are being built by terming them walls.
My bet is that he will declare