By Mike DeBonisIn a city that’s largely deserted, it’s easy to forget the once-quiet, once-storied Trump Tower in New York City.
For many, the building still feels more like a monument than a place to be.
For those who still visit, though, it feels like a place of wonder.
The president and first lady, Melania Trump and Jared Kushner, have been in the city for almost five years, but they’re not here to build.
Instead, they are building a massive wall around the US in a bid to stop people from coming and living here.
Trump and his aides have repeatedly made the case that building the wall is necessary to stop the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases.
They also claim the wall would help the US combat a rising number of drug overdoses, as well as to prevent crime and keep Americans safe.
“It’s been a great success,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in August.
“This was a very important goal.”
The wall, however, has also caused controversy, with Trump critics accusing the administration of “building it.”
In January, The New York Times reported that the wall was actually an attempt to circumvent federal funding for the construction of a border wall that was being considered.
That project would have built a wall along the southern border.
The administration says it’s building a “physical wall” to stop illegal immigration and the “epidemic” of drug abuse.
And as part of that plan, it is working to build a “virtual wall” of fences across the US.
“If we’re building a physical wall that’s going to be a physical barrier, that’s an impossible project,” Trump told ABC News’ “This Week” in October.
“I know that we’re not going to build it.
I know that that would be impossible.
But we’re going to get to a point where it’s a physical, physical barrier.”
The president’s administration has faced scrutiny for some of the construction.
The Department of Homeland Security has said it’s working on a wall to protect the border from Mexico.
And on Monday, the president and Vice President Mike Pence toured the construction site of a new border wall near the Arizona border, which the administration hopes to begin construction on next month.