Fact Check: Concrete Wall Was NOT Erected In Front Of White House For Political Reasons

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Concrete Wall Was NOT Erected In Front Of White House For Political Reasons Maintenance

Is a concrete wall being erected in front of the White House for political reasons? No, that's not true: A spokesperson for the National Park Service, the federal agency that oversees the White House as a part of President's Park, told Lead Stories that the construction on the White House's North Lawn is normal upkeep.

The claim appeared in a tweet (archived here) on January 12, 2022. It had pictures of what seemed to be concrete panels and heavy construction equipment in front of the White House and read:

Concrete wall going up around the WH right now. Make of that what you will.

Another post on Gettr included a screenshot of this tweet and juxtaposed it next to a screenshot of another tweet stating that the Supreme Court's decision regarding the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test policy for large businesses was incoming, implying the two events were related.

This is what the tweet looked like on Twitter on January 14, 2022:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Jan 14 19:53:58 2022 UTC)

In an email to Lead Stories on January 14, 2022, Katie Liming, a public affairs specialist for the National Park Service, did not say there was any political motivation behind the White House construction. She told us:

There is a normal maintenance construction project happening at the North Fountain in front of the White House.

Lead Stories previously fact-checked a claim stating that several federal buildings including the White House were abandoned on June 14, 2021. That fact check is here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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