Bannon-led backers to meet in Tucson about the effort to start building a border wall without federal funding

A group of Trump supporters including (from left) former Rep. Tom Tancredo, Brian Kolfage, Kris Kobach and former Sheriff David Clarke convened in McAllen, Tex., to discuss a new plan for building a wall along the southern border./Brian Kolfage


The group has entered into a partnership with the Kansas-based America’s Hemp Academy to supply the material if it is selected, according to organizers.

By Ben Schreckinger | POLITICO

It could have been an outtake from a hard-right reboot of “Ocean’s 11” for the Trump era: a gathering of some of President Donald Trump’s most notorious and outspoken supporters, who descended last week on the southern border town of McAllen, Texas.

In what amounted to a kind of #MAGA field trip, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, baseball legend Curt Schilling, and former Sheriff David Clarke convened to plan construction of a wall along the southern border. Blackwater founder Erik Prince phoned in from South Africa.

With Congress refusing to pony up the $5.7 billion Trump has demanded for the project, his allies are now plotting to kick off construction with private money and private land.

The idea, which began in December as a Florida man’s quixotic crowdfunding campaign, is becoming something more, well, concrete. Big-name Trump supporters like Bannon, a former Trump campaign and White House strategist, have flocked to the project. And they have initiated talks with the Israeli firm that constructed that country’s fence on its border with the Gaza Strip, they told POLITICO. They expect to hold a town hall in Tucson, Ariz., as soon as Friday and visit the border in Laredo, Texas, next week.


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February 2019