In the midst of everything else, another eye-opening development has come to light. More specifically regarding President Donald Trump’s highly controversial border wall. As it was revealed last weekend that federal officials awarded a $1.28 billion border wall project in Southern Arizona to a company favored by President Trump.
This coming only five months after a previous contract led to accusations of improper influence and a probe by the Defense Department’s inspector general. The president will soon hear from his opposition no doubt.
Arizona’s tucson.com told:
The Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $1.28 billion project on May 6 to Fisher Sand and Gravel, a North Dakota-based company with offices in Tempe. The funds will go toward building about 42 miles of border wall, most of which will run from Nogales to the eastern boundary of the Tohono O’odham Nation, according to the Corps.
Trump repeatedly urged Corps officials to award wall contracts to Fisher last year, despite the company’s initial designs not meeting federal standards, the Washington Post reported. When Trump told advisers last month that he wanted the wall painted black to make it more intimidating and harder to climb in hot weather, he directed them to consult with Fisher.
Trump can expect to be under extra heavy scrutiny now as House Democrats eye a new round of impeachment. With such news out of Arizona simply serving to stoke the political fires.
In addition it was disclosed that an average cost per mile of the May 6 project is $30 million, much higher than the $20 million average for most other wall projects in Southern Arizona. A statement has been made addressing the situation.
Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Jay Field said, “While there may be similarities between projects, each project cost is contingent upon its unique characteristics, such as geotechnical, topographical, hydrological and hydraulic, underground utilities, final real estate access, and the cost of materials and labor.”
The Hill reports:
Trump previously voiced praise for Fisher Sand and Gravel. According to the Post, the company has donated to Trump’s GOP allies and networked with key people within his sphere. Its CEO, Tommy Fisher, also paid lobbyists to discuss the wall with lawmakers and touted the firm’s design on news outlets often watched by Trump, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
President Trump still acting with little if any regard for his political rivals.