If at first you don’t’ succeed try, try again.
That must be what US President Donald Trump is thinking as funding for his border wall with Mexico stalls and he continues to try and find ways to reopen the government.
Mr Trump took to Twitter overnight to argue that his border wall was not that revolutionary and that in fact the US was following many other countries.
It is a huge change in rhetoric for Mr Trump who constantly insists that the US is following its own path and leading the rest of the world.
“There are now 77 major or significant Walls built around the world, with 45 countries planning or building Walls,” he tweeted. “Over 800 miles (1300kms) of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015. They have all been recognised as close to 100% successful. Stop the crime at our Southern Border!”
His accounting of border walls around the globe seems to add up, according to a 2018 analysis by USA Today.
“[T]here are at least 77 walls or fences around the world — many erected after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon,” the newspaper reported last May.
At the end of World War II, there were seven border walls or fences in the world. By the time the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, there were 15, USA Today reported. Now there are at least 77.
Israel built a 650km wall in the West Bank in 2002, while India constructed a 2700km barbed wire fence along its border with Bangladesh.
Mr Trump is currently in a deadlock with the Democrats, who refuse to give him more than $US1 for his wall. The government has now been shutdown for more than three weeks, making it the longest shutdown in US history.
There appears to be no end in sight as both sides refuse to budge on their positions.