Indian workers construct a wall in front of a slum ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit, in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
UPDATED 2:15 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020
Construction workers in India are building a wall ahead of President Trump’s visit later this month. The president is expected to attend an event in the country in the coming weeks.
Before his arrival, workers are expected to complete a seven-foot tall wall that will reportedly conceal slum communities. However, a government official said the wall is part of an ongoing “beautification and cleanliness” project. Officials also said the wall is being built for security purposes.
Some residents are already excited about the president’s upcoming arrival.
“We are very happy that Donald Trump is coming here. We are going to give him a warm welcome by making him wear a traditional scarf, which we make here. We are also going to do prayers and he is going to attend prayers of all faiths.” – Pratimaben Vohra, local museum guide
In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo, Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium stands illuminated, days before it is inaugurated in Ahmadabad, India. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Meanwhile, the Defense Department is transferring additional funds to the president’s U.S. border wall in an effort to increase security. On Thursday, the Pentagon said it’s moving $3.8 billion from several programs toward building the wall.
Officials said the funds are being pulled from its lower priority programs, such as the controversial F-35 fighter jet.
Democrats have denounced the wall as a “vanity project,” but immigration officials said it actually works to deter crime near the border. The Pentagon added the border wall has greatly reduced threats to U.S. national security as well.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)