Listen: Donald Trump, President Trump, Tamra Keith Npr discussed on Morning Edition
"A centerpiece that wall build that wall build that wall that December at a rally in Virginia a little boy asked Trump for the specs on his wall. That might be the best question. I guess. I'll tell you what it's going to be mad. If it's going to be made of hardened concrete at is got to be made out of rebar and steel when he described his wall, he talked about concrete, he mocked those who said it would be harder impractical. But it's worth noting that even very early on. He never said it would extend unbroken from Sita shining sea. Well, we two thousand miles we actually need one thousand even less than that. Because we have a lot of natural barriers, right? Big strong wonderful natural barriers after Trump became president though. His description of the wall started to change. This was Trump on Fox News in November twenty seventeen one of the things that's come up pretty strong vision through the wall because you wanna see what's on the other side of the wall. You know, you think we're going to build a nice simple concrete wall. But it's not that simple. That was a dose of reality meeting. The president's concrete wall for safety reasons. Border agents want to be able to see what's on the other side. So the wall would actually be made of tall steel bollards are posts, which strictly speaking is more like a fence than a wall. Still Trump kept calling it a wall kept leading chance at his rallies all through last year. But now with Democrats refusing to fund the president's wall. He's emphasizing this shift in building materials, you can never have border security unless you have steel barrier. Concrete wall. Brought whatever you want Steele slats steel barrier. It's not a concrete wall. But does that matter to the people who elected Trump to build a wall Sam Nunn? Berg, the early campaign adviser says now what matters is that. There's something built that has not been like anything that's built before that is a bigger grander now number doesn't claim to speak for all Trump voters. But he's looked at recent polling and focus groups from supporters define success on the border as building the wall, and he has to build the wall. Get the wall started Trump's political future may well, depend on it. Tamra Keith NPR news. This is NPR news, and you are listening to KCRW KCRW sponsors include Twentieth Century, Fox with bohemian rhapsody, the story of Queen and their frontman, Freddie. Mercury now nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards for."