President Trump Donald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report – Trump says no until Dems than probes Harris reads a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE has personally pushed for the US Army Corps of Engineers to give a GOP donor and frequent Fox News guest's construction company a border wall contract, according to the Washington Post.
North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, according to the Post, citing four administration officials
Fisher's CEO, Tommy Fisher, frequently appears on Fox News and Conservative talk radio, claiming his firm can build over 200 miles of wall in a year and that the company's weathered steel design would allow it to complete the project on time at a lower cost. Fisher also has with members of Congress and invited government officials to see barrier prototypes in the desert.
The Post reported that Trump's "aggressive" push for Fisher to receive the contract has surprised Homeland Security and military officials.
" Fisher has invited officials of many agencies and members of Congress to demonstrate what we believe are superior construction methods and capabilities, ”Scott Sleight, an attorney for Fisher, told the Post. “Consistent with the goals President Trump has also outlined, Fisher's goal is to, as expeditiously as possible, provide the best quality border protection at the best price for the American people at our Nation's border.”
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has also reportedly campaigned for the company to be given a contract, as has Sen. Kevin Cramer Kevin John CramerThe Hill's Morning Report – Trump says no until Dems than probes Bolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran Trump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw MORE (RN.D.), who has received thousands of campaign donations from Fisher and members of his family.
Trump "always brings them up," Cramer told the Post, saying the president had been impressed by Fisher's aggressive sales pitch on Fox News. company was one of six to build border wall prototypes near San Diego in 2017, according to the Post, but was told its proposed design did not meet Army Corps standards. Fisher sued the U.S. Government last month, claiming unspecified improprieties in the border wall procurement process.
"The president is one of the country's most successful builders and knows better than anyone how to negotiate the best deals," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders Sarah Elizabeth SandersLive coverage: House panel moves forward with Barr contempt vote Mueller's facts vs Trump's spin Trump says he was called 'the greatest hostage negotiator this country has ever had' told the Post in an email. "He wants to make sure we get the job done under budget and ahead of schedule."
Neither Fox News nor the White House immediately responded to a request for comment from The Hill.