President Donald Trump’s White House had a “Build the Wall” station for kids at their annual Halloween Party this year.
The “Build the Wall” station was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across the street from the White House. A large majority of West Wing staff work here.
The station could be found outside the Vice President’s speechwriter’s office. According to a spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, he never went beyond the second floor so he never saw the Wall.
Children were encouraged to write their names on a paper “brick” and help them build the wall. Yahoo! News captured a video of the station:
On top of the wall were the words “Build the Wall”, with “America First” posted nearby.
The United States southern border wall has been a major focus of President Donald Trump ever since he launched his campaign in 2015. Despite major Democrat opposition to the wall, Trump managed to get funding and labor for it by redirecting it from U.S. military expenditures.
Earlier this week Senate Democrats temporarily blocked the building of Trump’s border wall by holding up a piece of the Defense spending bill. The bill received only 51 votes but required 60 to pass.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of it:
“The Republican leader has been accusing Democrats of threatening to block military funding. Now, that is an absurd statement if there ever was one. We’re simply trying to stop Republicans from stealing money from our military and putting it into the wall.”
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back at Schumer, stating:
“The same Democrats who recently rediscovered hawkish sounding positions on Syria and the Middle East are really going to filibuster a $755 million for the counter-ISIS train and equip fund for Iraq and Syria? And filibuster all the other broader funding of our armed services? Really?”
Despite the current blocking of the bill, most military funding bills tend to pass the Senate after the political theater around them dies down.