Fox News’ Shep Smith Slams Trump’s Wall Boasts: ‘There Is No New Wall’

Fox News host Shepard Smith is one of the few voices on the network who has been willing to fact-check President Donald Trump when he spouts lies. And, on Wednesday, Smith called out the commander in chief after he falsely claimed that the wall on the southern border is “going up very fast.”

Smith noted that “the president has made border security a mainstay of his message dating back to the campaign with ‘build that wall and Mexico will pay for it’ — though that last promise is long gone.”

He told his viewers, “So far, despite the president’s claims to the contrary, there is no new wall. Existing barriers have been replaced with new ones. Same span, not new place. The total of the repaired barrier is about 60 miles along that 2,000-mile border and in some cases with a ‘new wall system’ … but not in new areas.”

The host continued, “As we just reported, there’s no new wall. Only replacement for walls which were in need of repair or upgrade. Those are the facts.”

Here’s that clip:

Trump has slowly been turning on Fox News and has sometimes attacked Shep Smith by name. On Wednesday he called the host “low ratings Shep Smith.” In a follow-up tweet, the president wrote, “We have to start looking for a new news outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!”

While Smith might be critical of the president and has earned his ire, plenty of other Fox hosts are still in Trump’s good graces. On the day before he attacked Smith, the president fawned over Jeanine Pirro’s new book, telling his followers to “go get it!” And other hosts like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson remain devoted to the president even when their colleagues that appear on the network’s earlier hours receive the brunt of his tweets.


  1. David, those videos, pictures, and reports have all been of replacement wall. When you Google, try reading past the headlines.

  2. Alex, did you bother taking the 10 seconds necessary to google “new wall construction”? There are videos, pictures, and even reports from the New York Times COMPLAINING about the new wall being constructed. Do you even care about your credibility?

    1. Gee, David. Do you also believe Mexico is paying for it? Shep is not lying to you. It is 60 miles of repairs to fencing that was erected during Obama’s years in the WH. If it makes you feel better, go wave your “Finish the Wall” sign at Trump’s next rally. In Trump world, the truth is whatever you want it to be.

      1. Trump’s quote “The Wall is going up very fast despite total Obstruction by Democrats in Congress, and elsewhere!” Where in there does he “claim” that it is on parts of the border that had no previous barriers? And no… I never thought that Mexico would directly pay for it. Although they do seem to be helping stem the tide of immigrants.

  3. “the president fawned over Jeanine Pirro’s new book, telling his followers to “go get it!” Article

    I am confused.

    Why would King Donald The Loser tell others to go get Pirro’s book? The only book that he reads is his copy of Hitler’s speaches.

    If you think that he read Pirro’s book, then you are confused.

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