Trump Says We Already Tried to Build a Wall in 2006

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensSeptember 7, 2016 9:53 am

Donald Trump may have confused people recently about whether he supports mass deportation. But there’s one thing he’s been consistent about: building a wall along the southern border. And having Mexico pay for it.

In an interview aired Aug. 23, Fox News host Sean Hannity asked the Republican presidential nominee how long it would take to build the wall, from start to finish.

“Almost immediately,” Trump answered. “Now if you would believe it, you know, they were going to build the wall a while ago, not so long ago, like in ’06. And they couldn’t get environmental impact statements. Can you believe it? Okay. Now we got lucky because it was such a little wall, it was such a nothing wall, no, they couldn’t get their environmental – probably a snake was in the way or a toad or…”

Is that a fact?  Gardner Selby of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Hear how Trump’s claim scored in the player above.