The White House says nothing extraordinary is being built on its land.
An explanation has been given after social media has been abuzz in recent days with images showing construction work on the North Lawn of President Joe Biden’s residence.
“There is a normal maintenance construction project underway at the North Fountain in front of the White House,” a White House official said.
ANOTHER wall is under construction at the White House. Why? No explanation so far but one thing is explicitly clear:
When Joe Biden builds a wall, it’s built to protect himself. When Trump built a wall it was to protect America and YOU, but Biden stopped building the border wall! pic.twitter.com/RvHex5lVhk
—Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 13, 2022
Some on Twitter speculated that a concrete wall was being built, leading to comments about the irony of a wall being built by Democrats over pressure from former President Donald Trump for a wall along the US-Mexico border.
A bunch of tweets today, mostly from conservatives, asking if a temporary barrier on one side of the White House has been put in place in anticipation of the unrest.
By WH spox: “There is a normal maintenance construction project going on at the north fountain in front of the White House.” pic.twitter.com/HJu4K6PaRY
—David Weigel (@daveweigel) January 13, 2022
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David Weigel, journalist at Washington Post who obtained the statement from the White House, said the speculative tweets came “mostly from conservatives asking if a temporary barrier on one side of the White House had been put in place in anticipation of the unrest.”