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Trump Says He's Building a 'Beautiful' Wall in Colorado

President later claimed he was kidding
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2019 1:20 AM CDT
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President Trump speaks at the 9th annual Shale Insight Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – "We're building a wall in Colorado," President Trump declared Wednesday, which many found perplexing because Colorado borders Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona—but not Mexico. "We're building a wall on the border of New Mexico and we’re building a wall in Colorado, we’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under and we’re building a wall in Texas," Trump told the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, per CBS Denver. "We're not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the walls we just mentioned," he added.

The apparent blunder was mocked by Trump critics including Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the Denver Post reports. "Well this is awkward ...Colorado doesn’t border Mexico," he tweeted. "Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography." Others speculated that Trump may have meant to say the Colorado River, where a portion of the border wall is being built. The president later claimed he had been joking. He tweeted: "(Kiddingly) We’re building a Wall in Colorado"(then stated, "we're not building a Wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the Wall we’re building on the Border") referedto people in the very packed auditorium, from Colorado & Kansas, getting the benefit of the Border Wall!" (Read more border wall stories.)

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