On Wednesday night, in light of Democratic leadership announcing a deal with the Trump administration to delay the planned southern border wall, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) took to Twitter to voice his concerns with the president:
He elaborated Thursday morning when he was a guest on CNN's “New Day” for a phone interview.
“This was a straight-up promise all the way through his campaign,” King said of the wall.
“I might add that I told the president, I market-tested his immigration policy for 14 years, and we spent a lot of time in Iowa having those debates and discussions, and then across New Hampshire and South Carolina and beyond.”
He added he felt as if Trump is “preparing to keep Hillary Clinton's campaign promise rather than his own.”
When asked by host Alisyn Camerota on Trump saying the wall is already being built by way of the refurbishment of existing walls and fences, King wasn't buying it.
“It sounds like I had an old jalopy and I was going to buy you a new car, but now, I’m gonna overhaul the jalopy,” he responded. “No, it was a wall, and it was a wall all the way, and people are trying to redefine that term wall and say it's a virtual wall, vibration sensors and drones, or a fence, but a wall is a wall and the American people know that.”
King also noted he has tried to find out who in the Trump White House is in charge of the wall project, and he couldn't get an answer: “I've been trying to identify who the wall czar is under the Trump administration. I can't find that person.”
Even after meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, he says he “didn’t get insight into the wall.”
Watch the clip of the “New Day” phone interview below, courtesy of CNN.