'We Paid For It': GOP Senator, Fox News Host Demand Biden Restart Border Wall Construction

Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott joined Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on his radio show Friday when the two claimed President Joe Biden is personally creating a border crisis by halting construction on the wall which borders Mexico.

Scott demanded that Biden "needs to get his rear down" to the U.S. southern border and immediately address an immigration problem "he created." Scott cited a recent spike in arrivals and said he doubts any sizable number of migrants are being tested for COVID-19. The Florida governor-turned Republican senator agreed with Kilmeade that part of the problem is Biden "not talking to Republican governors" in Texas or Arizona. The Biden administration paused border wall construction in January and has stated that many of former President Donald Trump's actions are being re-evaluated.

Kilmeade, who co-hosts Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel, accused Biden of aggressively ceasing all border wall construction started under former President Trump - a particularly inane move, he said, given that U.S. taxpayers already paid for the project. It was not offset by any "indirect" trade pacts as Trump promised. Despite years of Trump campaign claims that Mexico would pay for his $21.6 billion border wall project, Kilmeade inadvertently conceded that American taxpayers are in fact the ones footing the endless crescendo of construction bills.

"You see the wall half done, these workers literally dropped their hammers and were immediately unemployed, about five-thousand were building the wall that we paid for!" Kilmeade said. "The money is sitting in our account and this is a personal, political move by the guy who is supposed to be above it all, 78-year-old Joe Biden."

The head of the Department of Homeland Security last Wednesday told Congress he will not ask Biden to continue building 30-foot border wall segments, prompting Republican lawmakers to dismiss the staggering financial cost and instead focus on possible security threats. Scott claimed Biden "stopping the wall, opening up the border" has led to more migrants arriving.

"Are you going to be asking the president to finish the wall, and the wall that has already been appropriated by Congress?" Florida Republican Representative Carlos Gimenez asked DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during the hearing.

Trump used legal wrangling in order to divert $3.8 billion in Pentagon military defense spending toward his border wall project—funding which Democrats had refused to give him through the annual congressional budget.

Speaking with Kilmeade on his radio show Friday, Scott reiterated that the current border "crisis" is a problem which Biden himself "created" just two months into his White House tenure. Scott told Kilmeade during a February Fox News appearance that Democrats are bragging about "opening up schools" for migrant kids but not American schoolchildren due to the pandemic.

President Trump doubles down on building wall saying Mexico will pay for it "in the end." @FoxNews @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/MzjxJyQSVd

— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) May 30, 2018

"There's reports of terrorists coming in," Scott warned listeners Friday. "All of the millions who come here illegally, the [cartels] flood the area with children...send people here from all over the world. What's [Biden] going to do to solve the problem he created? He created."

Scott said he has no idea how it's legal for the Biden administration not to use the previously-allocated border wall funds which was established by the Congress.

"You have to follow the law," the GOP senator said. "The president has to enforce the laws." He claimed that during his tenure as governor of Florida, former President Barack Obama would keep Republicans in the dark as a means of suggesting, "you don't have a right to know what is happening your state."

Newsweek reached out to Scott's office for additional remarks Saturday evening.

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Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott joined Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on his radio show Friday where the two claimed President Joe Biden is personally creating a border crisis by halting construction on the wall which borders Mexico. Screenshot: YouTube | Fox News