Trump is pushing for a GOP donor and Fox News guest's firm to build his wall — alarming administration officials: report
Fisher Industries is a Dickinson, North Dakota-based construction firm whose CEO, Tommy Fisher, is a Republican Party donor and a frequent guest on Fox News and other right-wing outlets. And President Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post report, has been urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award a contract to the company for his proposed U.S./Mexico border wall.
Fisher Industries has claimed that the design and construction method it has in mind for a border wall would move the project along in a way that is both efficient and cost-effective—an assertion that, the Post reports, Trump is in agreement with. Trump, according to Post reporters Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey, has touted Fisher Industries in conversations with Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite (commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers). But some Trump Administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Post that Trump’s push for a specific company for his border wall worries military commanders as well as officials for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Tommy Fisher, appearing on right-wing television and radio programs, has promised that his company could build 200 miles of border wall in less than a year. Fisher Industries has already built a section of fencing along the border in Sunland Park, New Mexico and has construction plans for the area around El Paso, Texas as well.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, and Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota have also been promoting Fisher Industries for the project, according to the Post.