No visit by president scheduled to see wall prototypes

BY NOAH BIERMAN
TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS

JOHN GIBBINS/SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS
The six contractors constructing eight prototype border wall
sections in San Diego’s Otay Mesa finished their entries ahead
of a news conference announcing the completion of the
prototypes on Oct. 26, 2017.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has discussed traveling to San Diego to see border wall prototypes, and White House officials are known to have been discussing plans for a possible trip, but a Trump administration official said Monday that there is still nothing in that regard on Trump’s short-term schedule “as of now.”

The official requested anonymity to discuss the internal schedule, which is updated often and usually not made public until days or hours before Trump makes a public appearance.

Trump plans to deliver the State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 30, and is likely to talk about his signature campaign promise, the border wall. Presidents traditionally travel after those speeches to promote their agendas.

Eight prototypes
Trump said in December that he might be visiting the prototypes soon, and local officials have moved to prevent public protests in the area.

Contractors built eight wall prototypes in the fall, at a cost of $300,000 to $500,000 each, and military and law enforcement personnel have been testing them.

If Trump does travel to see the prototypes, it would be his first visit to California since taking office. Not since Dwight D. Eisenhower has a president gone so long without visiting the state.

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