The Obamas DON'T have a 10-foot wall as Trump claims in pitch for Mexico border barrier – but neighbors say their steel fence on top of a retaining wall and a guard shack for Secret Service was 'tastefully done'

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President Donald Trump claimed that President Obama has a 10-foot 'Wall' surrounding his Washington D.C. home is being contradicted by neighbors, who say the home's steel fencing was installed 'tastefully.'
Trump brought up the multi-million home Barack and Michelle Obama share on Sunday amid a continued standoff with congressional Democrats over the $5 billion Trump is demanding for a wall on the Mexican border.  
'President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound,' the president wrote. 'I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!'
Trump also used of the word 'compound' loosely. The term might invoke the a set-back structure like the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. 
BUILD THAT FENCE! Brick pillars and steel posts were installed to provide additional protection around the Obama home. Its height is unknown. President Trump used it to call for a border wall
BUILD THAT FENCE! Brick pillars and steel posts were installed to provide additional protection around the Obama home. Its height is unknown. President Trump used it to call for a border wall
But although the Obamas' $8.1 million, nine-bedroom, 8,200 square foot home is roomy and located in one of the nation's capital's premium neighborhoods, it is set closely between other homes, with the only additional structure being a guard shed constructed for the Secret Service. Agents protect former presidents.
Neighbors contacted by the Washington Post aren't calling it a wall. 
'There’s a fence that goes along the front of the house, but it’s the same as the other neighbors have,” one neighbor said. “It’s tastefully done.”
Another neighbor told the paper the House was '100 percent visible from the street,' adding: 'There is no 10-foot wall in the front, back or sides of the house — and no wall is going up.' 
Trump has been using every argument he can to try and get funding for his wall. He stated the Obamas have a ten foot wall
Trump has been using every argument he can to try and get funding for his wall. He stated the Obamas have a ten foot wall
Security upgrades were made to the home before the Obamas moved in
Security upgrades were made to the home before the Obamas moved in
STEEL SLATS? The wall was added to the home before the former first couple moved in as part of a security upgrade
STEEL SLATS? The wall was added to the home before the former first couple moved in as part of a security upgrade
President Donald Trump on Sunday argued since the Obamas have a wall around their D.C. home the country should have a border wall
President Donald Trump on Sunday argued since the Obamas have a wall around their D.C. home the country should have a border wall
The Post's fact-checker noted that the Obamas moved in workers added heavy security fencing to an enlarged retaining wall.  
'But there is not a ten-foot wall around the house; the front steps are open to the sidewalk. Chain link fencing, but no wall, was added to the back.' 
The Post issued a correction to an earlier claim that the Obama's Tony Kalorama neighborhood is home to Post owner Jeff Bezos. According to the correction: 'A previous version of this article said Kalorama is home to Jeffrey P. Bezos. Bezos purchased a property in the neighborhood, but his primary residence is in the Seattle area.'
Washington State has no income tax, whereas Washington D.C has high income taxes compared to other jurisdictions.  
Trump may have meant fencing when he tweeted the Obamas have a wall – having himself at times both demanded a wall and said he'll call it whatever Democrats wants. 
White House chief of staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday that Trump abandoned the notion of 'a solid concrete wall early on in the administration.'
'To be honest, it's not a wall,' Kelly said, adding that the mix of technological enhancements and 'steel slat' barriers the president now wants along the border resulted from conversations with law enforcement professionals. 

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