Workers in India building wall ahead of President Trump’s visit

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)

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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)

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President Trump promotes opportunity zones during N.C. visit

President Donald Trump speaks at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit at Central Piedmont Community College, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 7:30 PM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

President Trump promoted stimulating the economy in low-income areas at the Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. On Friday, the president discussed aid for thousands of “opportunity zones” around the country, which were created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The summit’s workshop tackled economic development in low-income areas, inmate reentry into society, the future of historically black colleges and universities, and infrastructure.

The president also touted the January Jobs Report.

“The brand new jobs numbers came in,” he said. “We smashed expectations and created 225,000 new jobs last month.”

President Trump’s team noted the unemployment rate in North Carolina has dropped to a historic low of 3.7 percent. He also talked about the First Step Act, which was designed to help former inmates find jobs and assimilate into society.

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he speaks during the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Before introducing the president, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson thanked the president for his dedication to the “forgotten men and women of this country.”

“Nearly 35 million people across the nation live in areas marked as an opportunity zone,” said Carson. “Today, this administration is reinforcing its commitment to revitalize neighborhoods by bringing economic freedom to the forgotten men and women of this country.”

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Netanyahu touts visit with President Trump to discuss peace plans

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs his weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on Sunday, January 26, 2020. (Dedi Hayun/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 3:00 PM PT — Sunday, January 26, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping to “make history” during his upcoming White House visit. He expressed enthusiasm for his meeting with President Trump shortly before leaving for Washington D.C. on Sunday.

“I depart to Washington with a sense of a great mission, great responsibility and a great opportunity,” stated Netanyahu. “I am hopeful that we will be able to make history.”

The president extended invitations to both Netanyahu and the prime minister’s main rival, Benny Gantz, to discuss peace plans for the Middle East.

The prime minister said his close relationship with President Trump is incredibly beneficial for Israel and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Tens of talks, hundreds of hours,” said Netanyahu. “In all of these conversations, I found an attentive ear in the White House for Israel’s essential needs.”

For years, the Trump administration has been working to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.

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