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How do you win a $400 million border wall contract with substandard bids? Go on Fox and suck up to Trump.

12/03/2019 9:31 am ET Sunny Hundal
Construction company rejected for not meeting standards gets $400m border wall contract after Trump endorsement

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What’s the easiest way to get a government contract with substandard bids? It could be going on Fox News and praising the President while boasting that you can do the job better than anyone else.

The Department of Defense awarded a North Dakota company a $400 million contract to build a stretch of border wall across a wildlife refuge in Arizona. The announcement was made yesterday.

Fisher Sand and Gravel won the contract after its CEO had repeatedly touted his company on Fox TV networks (video below).

Those appearances, and his support for Trump, got the President’s attention.

According to the Washington Post:

Trump has repeatedly pushed for Fisher to get a wall-building contract, urging officials with the Army Corps of Engineers to pick the firm — only to be told that Fisher’s bids did not meet standards.

Trump’s entreaties on behalf of the company have concerned some officials who are unaccustomed to a president getting personally involved in the intricacies of government contracting.

So, to reiterate, even though his company’s bids did not meet the required standards, the Defense Department awarded the company the contract anyway. But only after the President stepped in to personally advocate on their behalf. Nothing to see here….

Also according to the Washington Post, so far the Trump administration has built just 85 miles of fencing, “almost all of it in areas where tall steel bollards are replacing smaller, older structures that were there before he took office”.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a supporter of Fisher Sand and Gravel, said in a statement: “I know they will do very well, performing high quality work at a good bargain, all for the security of the people of the United States.”


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