President Donald Trump traveled to Indiana this afternoon to deliver a speech detailing the GOP’s new tax reform framework, which includes lots of tax cuts but not much detail on how they’ll be paid for. During his address, the president took some time to complain about the cost of a new fence around the White House. And he tried to cut a deal with a business owner in attendance to take a whole lot less to build the fence.
Taking time to acknowledge fence and deck construction company owner John Gannon, Trump went off on a tangent about the pricetag he was given for a replacement fence on the White House grounds.
“They want to build a new fence,” he noted. “And I figured, you know, I’m pretty good at construction, I figured, I don’t know, maybe a million, maybe a million and a half.”
Trump added, “And this has been taking place over a long period of time — previous administrations. So I said how much is the fence you are talking around the White House? ‘Sir, the fence will cost approximately $50 million.’ I said, ‘What?!’ I kid you not.”
After joking that he assumes it would be a “strong fence,” the president then asked Gannon if he thought he could come under that cost.
“So, John, do you think you could do it slightly less than 50 million?” POTUS stated. “I think you can take 49 off right now and have plenty of profit, right, John? It’s crazy. It’s crazy.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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