Accordign to Twitter

@realDonaldTrump I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!

Is this true? I can't find any real verification. If so, is it a new contract (and where is the funding coming from?), or maybe a renewal of some existing contract, or a maintenance contract?

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    Related on Politics.SE: politics.stackexchange.com/questions/35062/… Dec 25, 2018 at 9:19
  • Great cross-link, thanks (+1). So, somewhere between 2 and 36 miles already built, with 2 being the accepted answer. This would bring it to a whopping 117 miles, if it is new build
    – Mawg
    Dec 25, 2018 at 9:26
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    Also note the key word "renovating" in Trump's tweet. Much of the activity is in replacing old wall built many years ago out of spare parts with new purpose-built wall. Still counts IMHO, as the new wall is much harder to climb over. Dec 25, 2018 at 9:35
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    Wow! Donald Trump uses 115 mile long contracts! They must be very very detailed. So how long is the section of wall supposed to be? Dec 25, 2018 at 16:05
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    This article a day before Trump's tweet mentions "replace 115 miles of border wall" newsmax.com/politics/borderwall-government-shutdown-funding/…
    – DavePhD
    Dec 25, 2018 at 17:54

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Since no one else answered, here is what I found.

Cancada's global news is reporting

With a fight over border wall funding keeping the U.S. government shut down, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that construction is set to start on “probably the biggest section” of the wall in Texas next month.

Speaking to reporters on Christmas morning, Trump said the federal government yesterday handed out a contract to build 115 miles (about 185 kilometres) of wall, which represents about a fifth of the total 500 to 550 miles (805 to 885 kilometres) he expects to see constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border.

He hopes to have all 550 miles built by November 2020, when the next U.S. election rolls around.

However, althogu it says

the federal government yesterday handed out a contract to build 115 miles (about 185 kilometres) of wall

I can't find to whom the contract was awarded.

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    This is just a news article that reports what Trump said. It doesn’t address whether it’s true or not. Dec 31, 2018 at 6:56
  • Agreed, which is why I didn't award the answer. But no one else has posted anything, so here's the little which I could find
    – Mawg
    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:37

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