GAO: Trump’s Fantasy Border Wall Would Cost More Than He Claims

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

No shit?

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), neither the White House or the Department of Homeland Security can say with any certainty how much Trump's fantasy border wall would cost because they haven't actually analyzed the costs.

That seems important.

The Government Accountability Office concluded that the Department of Homeland Security has not conducted a full analysis of the costs of building the wall. Department officials have also not properly documented their plans for building a portion of wall in the San Diego area.

Because of the shortfalls, "DHS faces an increased risk that the Border Wall System Program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected," GAO wrote.

The report also said DHS does not consider costs when deciding where to build. That means it "does not have complete information to determine whether it is using its limited resources in the most cost-effective manner."

It will "cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected?"

Could have fooled me.

I don't believe Trump will force a government shutdown in September by vetoing a bill to fund the government that doesn't include border wall money, but it's within the realm of possibility that he will.

Trump may demand money for his wall even though they don't actually know how much money they need for it.

  • muselet

    DHS did not analyze the costs of building Donald Trump’s fantasy wall and has no intention of doing so in future. Therefore, nobody knows how much the wall would cost, how long it would take to build the wall, or if the construction is cost-effective. Okay, then.

    That there is a fine example of the entrepreneurial, free-market, can-do spirit that government so badly needs in these times of limited resources; in othe rwords, grab that gummint money as fast as possible, before the auditors show up.

    Trump will want a government shutdown in September, but even the dimmest bulbs in the House candelabra will do anything to keep that from happening (I hope).


  • Georgie
  • Draxiar

    Trump needs to talk to Mexico about costs…that is what he promised after all. So, Good luck Orange Gringo!

    • fry1laurie

      Using Mexican labor would help keep the costs down. Then Drumpf could stiff them like all his other contractors.

  • Badgerite

    My favorite part of the quote is the “or doesn’t perform as expected” line. Oh please. Count on it. Any contract would be given out to a trump crony who will pocket as much as possible and do as little as possible. I’m guessing that one can probably assume that “doesn’t perform as expected” probably means in about a year it will fall down due to shoddy building practices or sub grade materials. Not that that will matter.

  • katanahamon

    Does anyone think a wall would prevent anyone determined to cross it from achieving their goal? Either going over it, destroying it in some fashion to go through it, or digging tunnels to go under it? Wouldn’t it cost incredible sums of money to not only construct but to maintain and police? Wouldn’t it just be a waste since it won’t really prevent anyone from crossing? Isn’t this stating the incredibly obvious?

    • Badgerite

      I believe thinking isn’t part of the process on this one.