Jared Kushner to Oversee Construction of 400 Miles of New Border Wall, but Critics Suggest He'll 'Get Frustrated Before He Gets Results'

Jared Kushner has been made the de facto project manager of the construction of 400 miles of Trump's border wall, according to current and former administration officials who have spoken to the Washington Post.

Characterizing the President as frustrated with the lack of progress done so far on the wall, the Post says that Kushner also convenes biweekly meetings at the White House, where he tracks contractor data, spending matters and location issues, including encouraging 800 filings demanding the seizure of private property so the barrier might be built. He has described himself as being "in charge" of the wall, according to aides.

The sources allege that Kushner is "pressing" U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the matter of the wall, hoping to meet the president's longterm campaign goal of putting 450 miles of fresh border wall in place by the end of 2020. Some in the administration have allegedly reacted in a negative manner to the aggressive manner with which Kushner sought to build the wall. At least 400 miles of it must be built by Election Day, according to sources.

Trump's original campaign promise was to construct the wall and get Mexico to pay for it as part of his tough-on-illegal-immigration stance. But the Mexican government has been recalcitrant on the subject, refusing to pay for the project, nor has Congress been willing to pay for the wall. The result has mainly been reconstruction of various barriers, resulting in only limited areas of fresh wall being built—causing Kushner to allegedly say they've "wasted two years" of construction time.

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Jared Kushner has allegedly taken over construction of the border wall, according to Washington Post sources. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

But some of Kushner's alleged ideas—such as installing webcams to cover the construction, building large ditches beside the border, crafting support beams with pointy spikes or painting the wall matte black, trapping heat against it and making it hot to the touch—have been unpopular with some officials. Some of his critics have also called him tone deaf when it comes to how politics work.

"So he took a much more hands-on role in figuring out, mile by mile, how to get more wall up," an unnamed source involved with the construction of the wall told the Post. "It didn't help put wall up faster and cheaper. His interventions actually just created more inefficiency in the process."

This is just the latest duty Kushner has taken on since Trump entered office. Kushner took part in negotiations for a Middle East peace deal, participated in the administration's trade policy and was part of modernizing the government.

"My hope is Jared can put a more laser focus on the project and the process. Maybe he can light a fire under the responsible agencies, but if recent history is any indication, he will get frustrated before he gets results," said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).