Super Stupid

Shocker: Trump’s New Embassy Costs Way More Than He Claimed

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Remember when Trump said the new American embassy in Jerusalem would cost about as much as a townhouse in an average midwestern suburb or a large walk-in closet in New York City?

You may want to sit down before reading this, but that was complete bullshit.

Officials records show that upgrading the temporary embassy to suit diplomatic needs will cost nearly 100 times more than Trump claimed.

Al-Monitor first reported on the filing, which occurred on July 9 and shows that the State Department granted the Maryland-based Desbuild Limak D&K a contract worth $21.2 million to design and construct “addition and compound security upgrades” at the embassy. [...]

“They put an order in front of my desk last week for a billion dollars. I said, ‘A billion? What’s that for?’ ” Trump asked. “We’re actually doing it for about $250,000."

Of course the financial cost isn't anywhere near as important as the moral and political cost of thumbing your nose at most of the world just to please Benjamin Netanyahu and the evangelical end-times preachers who shine Mike Pence's shoes.

It's possible Trump truly believed upgrading the new embassy would be that cheap because sometime around 1979, when Trump last had a coherent thought, it may have actually been that cheap.

  • Badgerite

    Well, if you stiff your contractors, as is his own personal habit, maybe you could get away with that amount. But the US government is not supposed to stiff its contractors.

  • muselet

    At least Donald Trump’s consistent:

    “It’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money. There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money,” Trump said.

    What difference does it make what an embassy costs if he’s not the one paying the bills?

    Also, you just know Mike Pence is pushing for fundie-friendly policies every time he’s in Trump’s presence. Moving the embassy was partly Trump trying to shut Pence up. And Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump respect each other, in a “game recognize game” way: they’re both ethically-challenged, uncouth loudmouths who’ve risen far above their level of competence. Spending a few million of other people’s money is a hat-tip to a kindred spirit.

    –alopecia

  • Username1016

    Silly rabbit — he means he’s only going to PAY $250K for it. You know how he stiffs contractors right and left? That.