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US border wall same as the one around Obama’s DC home: Trump

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
(1st Row L-R) US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

US President Donald Trump likens the wall around the home of former President Barack Obama to the one he intends to build on the country’s border with Mexico.

Trump made the comment on Twitter on Sunday amid attempts to push for funding the border wall, which have led to a partial government shutdown.

The US president asserted that the US needs a “slightly larger version” of the wall around Obama’s home in Washington, DC.

“President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their DC mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The US needs the same thing, slightly larger version!”

Trump has been calling for a wall along the southern border since his 2016 presidential campaign, pledging that Mexico would pay for it.

The Obamas reportedly obtained permits for additional security at their DC home two years ago and completed construction of a brick wall in 2017.

The Republican president has vowed to crack down on immigration but has failed to get his complete agenda through so far.

Funding for the wall has led to a budget impasse, causing the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Trump demands $5 billion, for which he is "proud" to shut down the government but Democrats are not offering more than $1.3 billion.

"There’ll never be a deal that doesn’t have money for the physical barriers," South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters after a private lunch with Trump Sunday, asserting that the president is "firm in his commitment to make sure we get money for border security."

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