Donald Trump has said that he is building a wall in Colorado – even though the state is hundreds of miles from America’s border with Mexico.
The US President made the announcement about the “beautiful” wall during a speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
He said: “We’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico and we’re building a wall in Colorado.
“We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works. You can’t get over, you can’t get under and we’re building a wall in Texas.”
He added: ‘We’re not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the walls we just mentioned.”
Colorado, located directly north of New Mexico, is not on the US-Mexico border. Mexico is just more than 400 miles south of the Centennial State – which encompasses most of the south Rocky Mountains.
Four states run along America’s southern border with Mexico – Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico.
He has since tweeted to say he made the remark “kiddingly” but that people in Colorado would benefit from the wall even thought it will be built hundreds of miles to the south.
The Democratic governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, was among those to respond to Mr’s Trump comments.
He wrote in a tweet: “Well this is awkward …Colorado doesn’t border Mexico.
“Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography.”
Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy also made fun of the president’s remark, tweeting a map of the US with the ‘New’ from ‘New Mexico’ crossed out and drawing a felt tip pen line showing how a wall along Colorado’s border would look.
Around $3.6 billion of military construction funding from 127 projects around the world has been diverted to pay for 11 wall projects along the US southern border.
A decision taken by the Pentagon in September which sparked fury from politicians.
Last week, the Republican-run Senate failed to overturn the national emergency declaration which the President announced in February and has used to raise funds for his wall projects.
It declaration was rejected by Congress but Trump used his first veto to override the body. Congress can try to block the decree every six months but has so far failed.