WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday signed legislation to make it easier for artists to paint the wall of the United States, an attempt to lure more visitors to his property.
The signing ceremony was in the East Room of the White House, and Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, praised the legislation and the effort to make the nation’s capital more welcoming.
The signing was the first time Trump has publicly commented on the bill.
Trump also signed a $3.4 billion funding bill to support the construction of the wall.
The wall will be the first in the world to be built on a federal land.
It will cost more than $12 billion, and is expected to cost about $6 billion.
Trump said he expects the cost of the project to be between $12 and $15 billion, with the remaining costs going to the private sector.
Zinke said the bill also helps fund “the construction of additional border fencing along the entire border, the construction and maintenance of the border wall, and the implementation of a new immigration enforcement program.
The bill will be signed by the president on Monday.
It includes an amendment to the budget legislation that would allow the administration to spend more money on infrastructure projects to help create jobs and alleviate poverty.