Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has been put in charge of expediting the building of the wall on the US-Mexico border.
It is another task in his broad portfolio of White House responsibilities, which already include securing peace in the Middle East and reforming the criminal justice system.
Current and former US officials told The Washington Post that Kushner has been holding twice-weekly meetings with top officials aimed at driving construction forward.
He is said to be aiming to deliver 450 miles of new wall by the end of the year 2020, which would cover a little less than one quarter of the 1,954-mile border between the US and Mexico.
This goal would require a striking increase in the pace of construction since Trump took office in January 2017.
Work so far has focused on reinforcing existing wall, and the first building of new barriers only started in October of this year, 22 months after Trump’s inauguration.
Trump’s plans for the wall stalled in Congress, forcing the president to dramatically scale back the project.
Kushner’s stewardship of the wall, the Post said, involves twice-weekly meetings with officials about contractor data, detailed plans for the wall, and funding. He also relays the president’s views to the group.
The Post said that Kushner is also reportedly seeking to pressure US Customs and Border Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the forced purchase sale of private land to make space for the wall.
SOURCE: The Insider.