Video Trump's Wall Has Changed a Lot: A Closer Look

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Trump's Wall Has Changed a Lot: A Closer Look
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  • -The president delivered a primetime address last night
  • on the government shutdown that he started over his border wall.
  • For more on this, it's time for "A Closer Look."
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • This was Trump's first Oval Office address.
  • Normally, that's a solemn occasion,
  • and one of the weightiest things a president does.
  • But as usual, Trump found a way to make it weird.
  • After the speech, he tweeted,
  • "Thank you. So many nice comments
  • regarding my Oval Office speech --
  • a very interesting experience."
  • "A very interesting experience"?
  • He reacted to addressing the nation from the Oval Office
  • the same way my grandpa did to tapas.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Also, if it was so interesting,
  • why didn't you open you eyes more?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • You could have fit 10 of yours into one Pelosi.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • [ Distinct laughter ]
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • -I love jokes about politics.
  • It's a great joke.
  • -Whoa, whoa. I have a question.
  • Andy...
  • Andy, what are you doing out here?
  • -Oh, nothing. I just figured, since "Closer Look"
  • is the thing from the show everyone watches online,
  • I'd try to be in it and get some views.
  • What's up, YouTube?
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • -Hey, people watch this show live.
  • -Eh. -Just get out of here.
  • -Watch "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" on Thursday!
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • -Now everyone's gonna want to do that.
  • Now, it's worth taking a step back
  • and remembering how we got here.
  • We all know the wall was the most memorable promise
  • of Trump's campaign, and refrained at all of his rallies.
  • And no matter he much he talked about building a physical wall,
  • to many of his supporters,
  • the wall remained an imaginary thing.
  • We're at a weird point where Trump is basically the last guy
  • who wants a wall.
  • I mean, it's fun to chant "Build the wall,"
  • but they didn't expect it to happen
  • any more than they expected Trump to actually lock her up.
  • If you go to a Mets game, you chant "Let's go Mets,"
  • but you don't really expect them to go.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • Which might explain why, early on, there were so few details
  • about how the wall would actually be built.
  • In fact, it took a question from a child in the crowd
  • at one of Trump's rallies in 2015
  • to find out what the wall would even be made of.
  • First, here's the question --
  • -Okay. A young man -- come on. Young guy.
  • -So, you're going to build the wall.
  • What's it going to be made out of?
  • -Oh.
  • -[ Mockingly ] "Oh."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • "Oh, [bleep]. Why did I let a kid ask a question?"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • I will say -- I hate watching Trump be president,
  • but I would love watching a show
  • where kids get to ask him questions.
  • [ High-pitched voice ] "Mr. Trump, where do people go when they die?"
  • -They're going to China. They're going to Japan.
  • They're going all over the place.
  • "Grandpa's in Japan!"
  • [ Laughter ]
  • [ Normal voice ] But amazingly, the exchange with Trump gets weirder,
  • because Trump then invited the kid on stage
  • to repeat his question while holding him up to the mic.
  • And eventually, Trump gave him an answer.
  • -Lift him up here. Bring him up here.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • Come on.
  • -What -- what are the walls going to be made...?
  • -Go ahead. Ask it.
  • -What are the walls going to be made out of?
  • -I'll tell you what it's gonna be made of.
  • It's gonna be made of hardened concrete,
  • and it's gonna be made out of rebar and steel.
  • -Why does he hold the kid up like that?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • That kid's face looks like he's being carried away by a falcon.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • So...
  • [ Applause ]
  • ...Trump said very clearly
  • the wall would be made from concrete.
  • In fact, as the campaign went on,
  • and even after he became president,
  • he made lots of specific promises about the wall --
  • who would pay for it, what we should call it,
  • and how high it would be.
  • He also repeatedly floated a price tag for the wall --
  • a price tag that seemed to change
  • basically any time he opened his mouth.
  • -So, let's say it costs $4 billion or $5 billion.
  • So, if the wall costs $6 billion to build...
  • You mean to tell me I can't take $7 billion and build a wall?
  • Well, it's probably $8 billion.
  • The wall is $10 billion to $12 billion.
  • I think for $18 billion or less, we're gonna have a great wall.
  • We're talking about a wall for $20 billion.
  • And they did agree to a $25 billion wall.
  • -He's a like a rich guy
  • yelling from the "Price Is Right" audience
  • who doesn't know how much things cost.
  • "How much is this detergent?" "3 billion. $3 billion."
  • Trump just made stuff up off the top of his head
  • because the wall was a ridiculous thing
  • he never thought he'd actually have to build.
  • At any point in the last two years,
  • Republicans -- who controlled the House and Senate --
  • could have given Trump money for the wall,
  • but the didn't, because it was obviously insane.
  • And now, in his desperation to get a deal,
  • he's throwing out everything he said about the wall
  • on the campaign trail -- from the fact that Mexico would pay
  • for 100% of it, to the fact that it would be made of concrete,
  • to the fact that it had to be called a "wall."
  • -You ran your campaign promising supporters
  • that Mexico was going to pay for the wall...
  • -Oh, here we go again. -...and that the wall was going to be made of concrete.
  • -I said I was gonna build a wall.
  • I never said "I'm gonna build a concrete --"
  • I said "I'm gonna build a wall."
  • Just so you don't -- 'cause I know you're not into
  • the construction business -- steel is stronger than concrete.
  • If I build this wall, or fence,
  • or anything the Democrats need to call it --
  • because I'm not into names, I'm into production.
  • So, if I have a steel wall --
  • or you could call it a steel "fence."
  • We mentioned the price that we want --
  • $5.6 billion -- very strongly.
  • 'Cause numbers are thrown around.
  • You heard much higher numbers.
  • Those higher numbers were very much a misnomer.
  • You heard $20 billion and $25 billion.
  • -Yeah, that's true. We did hear that --
  • from you.
  • You told us it would cost anywhere from $4 billion
  • to $20 billion, Mexico would pay for it,
  • it would be a wall, not a fence,
  • and you told a child it would be made of concrete.
  • Although, I'm sure it's not the first time
  • Trump has lied to a child.
  • [ As Trump ] "Oh, no, of course, Eric.
  • You're definitely on the will."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • [ Normal voice ] We are in a self-inflicted political crisis
  • right now because Trump made up something dumb,
  • didn't think it through, and backed himself into a corner.
  • He had two years of total Republican control
  • to get it done, and he didn't.
  • And then, Democrats took control of the House,
  • and Trump said...
  • -Oh.
  • This has been "A Closer Look."
  • [ Cheers and applause ]

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Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's primetime address on the government shutdown that he started over his border wall.
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