At 200 Miles Completed, Donald Trump's Border Wall Is Way Off Track

President Donald Trump is reportedly set to visit Yuma, Arizona on Tuesday to mark the completion of the 200th mile of the border wall he vowed to build between the U.S. and Mexico during his 2016 election campaign.

White House officials told the Yuma Sun that Trump was expected to be joined by Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf, Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, and Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan for the occasion.

The president is expected to receive a briefing on border wall construction progress during the visit, as well as participate in a roundtable discussion on border security with community leaders and elected officials in the area.

While Trump may be looking to celebrate the latest milestone in his border wall project, the occasion also shines a light on just how far off his administration is from fulfilling his promise to get at least 450 miles of border wall built before the end of 2020.

With about 200 miles built since Trump came into office in 2017, the project is not yet half completed, with 250 miles more to construct before the end of the year if he wants to fulfill one of his key campaign promises.

Of course, Trump had initially pledged during his 2016 presidential campaign to build a towering 2,000-mile wall along the southern border that would put a stop to irregular crossings into the U.S.

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However, in January of last year, the president admitted that his border wall would not, in fact, be the "2,000-mile concrete structure from sea-to-sea" that he had envisioned. "These are steel barriers in high-priority locations," he said.

Instead, the president promised that at least 450 miles of border wall would be built before the end of 2020. However, he has at times suggested that the aim is for 400 miles of border wall to be built by the end of the year, with the 500-mile mark to be hit by early next year, if he is re-elected as president.

In a statement issued on Friday, the White House appeared to suggest that Trump was still determined to make good on that promise.

"The President promised to build a strong border wall system and he continues to deliver on his promises," the White House said in a statement published by The Arizona Republic. "His Administration continues to take bold, decisive action to safeguard our nation."

By November, voters will have a clearer idea of whether or not Trump will be able to fulfill one of his key 2016 campaign promises. Whether or not that will impact his success at the polls is another question.

Newsweek has contacted the DHS and the White House for comment.

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President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Otay Mesa, California on September 18, 2019. The president is reportedly set to mark the construction of the 200th mile of border wall in Yuma, Arizona this week. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty
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