WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 07, 2019, 10.18 PM
In a direct attack on Donald Trump, the former official photographer of Barack Obama on Sunday posted a picture of the former US President on Instagram with a caption "There once a wall here. It was torn down in 1989.''
In his Instagram post the former photographer Pete Souza has compared the Berlin Wall with Trumps's incessant demand for the construction of the US Mexico border wall.
The post which has attracted over seventy thousand likes, shows Obama sitting beside the iconic Brandenberg Gate in Germany where the Berlin Wall once stood.
The Berlin wall which was built in 1961 demarcated East German with the West and prevented free movement between the two sides from 1961 to 1989 before being pulled down in 1992.
The post holds significance as it highlights the current American politics being ruled by "wall".
The United States has entered the third week of a partial government shutdown resulting from the dispute between Trump and Democrats that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers idled or without paychecks.
The conflict rose after the Democrats declined to approve the $5.6 billion fund that Trump has been demanding for the border wall.
Building a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico frontier was a central plank in the 2016 election campaign of Trump, who has sought to equate immigrants with crime, drugs and gangs.
He has also threatened to declare a national emergency in the country in case his demands are not accepted.
Trump on Sunday proposed for a steel barrier between Mexico and US instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats.
Thousands of federal workers are without work and paychecks since the US government shutdown. The shutdown has also been a factor in stock market volatility.
This is not the first time when Souza has targetted Trump through his Instagram post.
In his previous post, Souze had posted a picture captioned 'a different kind of wall' and has garnered over ninety-nine thousand likes.
Here Obama can be seen painting on a wall with the caption 'wall of hope''