President Donald Trump is unhappy with “shipping,” “shoring up” and “staying on schedule” for the new border fence that will be built along the southern border, his transition team announced Monday.
“Our focus is on getting our border wall built,” Trump’s transition team said in a statement.
“There is no time to waste, so we need to get it done as quickly as possible.”
Trump has repeatedly promised that his wall will cost $21 billion to build.
“The wall is the only thing we have going for us,” he said during his campaign.
“We’re not going to do it, we’re not gonna do it fast.
We’re not getting it done fast.”
Trump is expected to nominate a new deputy Homeland Security secretary, Mick Mulvaney, on Monday.
The president’s first Cabinet nominee, Rep. Mike Pompeo, has said he will not be nominated.
Mulvane is the former head of the House intelligence committee and has advocated for the use of military force against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
He previously served as assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence for the Department of the Interior.
Trump is also considering several members of Congress who are either running for reelection or are up for re-election in 2018, including New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, Louisiana Gov.
John Bel Edwards, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, New Mexico Gov.
Susana Martinez and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner.
The transition team added that Trump will also nominate an “executive director,” who will serve as the “chief operating officer” for Homeland Security.
“He will oversee all strategic planning, oversight, and strategic direction,” the transition team wrote.
The announcement came hours after Trump announced that a “working group” of his top aides and top officials from his transition will be appointed to oversee the construction of the wall.
“A working group of experts will be assembled to provide advice to the President on the best way forward for the United States to secure the southern borders,” the statement said.
“This working group will include senior administration officials and experts from private sector, academic, and federal agencies.
The group will have a mandate to identify, design, implement, and evaluate strategies and solutions to strengthen the border and secure the border region.”