A week after his inauguration, President Donald Trump is again encouraging his cabinet members to put up concrete for his inauguration.
Trump, who has called the country’s concrete “corrosive,” made the remarks during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.
“I am calling for concrete put up in Washington for President Trump’s inauguration,” Trump said.
“If you don’t see that, then it’s too late.”
A spokesman for the Interior Department, which manages the building, said it was not aware of any concrete being put up for the inauguration.
The Trump administration has struggled to attract construction workers to the building due to safety concerns.
The president has repeatedly cited the need to protect the monuments that protect the nation’s natural heritage, particularly Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, as a reason for the need for a massive concrete wall on the monuments.
A new study released this week by a group of archaeologists estimated the cost of building a wall on all three of those monuments to be between $1 trillion and $1.2 trillion.
The report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which commissioned the report, said the wall would cost $20 billion, or roughly the same as the cost to build the proposed Dakota Access pipeline.
In its report, CSIS estimated the construction of the wall in all three monuments would cost between $500 million and $800 million per monument.
In addition to the wall, the report estimated the costs of erecting an additional barrier between the monument and the White House would be $250 million to $500 to $700 million.
The study estimated the number of people that would need to be killed or wounded by the wall is “unlikely.”
The monument, the study said, could be demolished and its contents stored for future use.
The administration has insisted that the monument be used for the first time since President Teddy Roosevelt built the memorial in 1930, and that the White’s first inauguration in January 2020 will be held on the Capitol grounds.
The group of researchers that commissioned the study is calling for the wall to be built and a concrete monument built around the monument.
“It’s a monument that is uniquely American, it’s a symbol that should be cherished by the people of the United States and its people, and it should be honored and preserved,” CSIS director Jeffrey Lewis told The Hill.