Jared Kushner Demands 'Wall Cam' To Livestream Border Barrier Construction Ahead Of 2020 Election: Report

Jared Kushner has reportedly been pushing for the launch of a "wall cam" that will livestream ongoing construction of President Donald Trump's border wall ahead of the 2020 election.

"There will be a wall cam, and it'll launch early next year," a senior White House official involved in the bid, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post.

According to the newspaper, Kushner had initially proposed the idea of setting up web cameras to livestream border wall developments during meetings in July.

It appears that the president's son-in-law had hoped the initiative might instill faith in Trump's supporters as the government continues to make slow progress towards its goal of seeing 450 miles of border wall built before the end of next year.

Both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency had pushed back on the proposal, however, according to the Post, which cited four sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

According to the newspaper's sources, the Army Corps and CBP feared that a livestream of construction might reveal their "proprietary techniques" to competitors and cause outrage among Mexican officials if construction crews were seen straying south of the border in their bid to see the border wall built.

Despite their concerns, Kushner has reportedly continued to push for the border wall livestream, with one senior White House official describing his demands as "aggressive."

"It's understood that Kushner is so aggressive because the president has been asking him about all the time," the unnamed official said.

According to the Post, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser has held meetings on the border wall development roughly every two weeks.

Many of the details surrounding the reported plans for a border wall livestream are still unclear, with little information on when the program might launch, what technology will be used or how much it might cost.

In an October 29 speech, CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said his agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had so far overseen the completion of roughly 76 miles of "new border wall system" replacing "dilapidated" or "outdated" designs.

The new border wall developments had so far been constructed across the agency's San Diego, El Centro, Yuma and El Paso Sectors.

While the Trump administration is slowly making progress towards its 450-mile goal, the 76 miles it has so far seen built means it still has more than 370 miles to go.

Still, Morgan insisted, "by the end of 2020, CBP expects to have completed 450 miles of new border wall system."

"We will also have an additional 59 miles under construction in high priority locations across the Southwest border, pending real estate availability," he said.

Asked for comment, a CBP spokesperson suggested Newsweek contact the White House. The White House has not immediately responded to a request for comment.

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Special advisor to the President Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press at the White House before departing on September 09, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Kushner has reportedly proposed livestreaming border wall construction ahead of the 2020 election. Win McNamee/Getty

This article has been updated with CBP's response to a request for comment.

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