A viral video purportedly shows section of the border wall separating the US and Mexico collapsing under strong winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hanna.
The video posted to Twitter by journalist Yadith Valdez on Sunday shows construction workers standing by and watching as fierce gusts knock the steel structure to the ground.
The clip became the target of widespread ridicule on social media as critics likened the section’s collapse to the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump, who has already spent more than $11billion building the wall that is expected to cost an estimated $21.6billion to complete.
Some users pointed out that just a few weeks ago Trump boasted that his wall is ‘the most powerful and comprehensive border wall structure’ in the world.
But others users called the validity of the footage into question, noting that its unclear when and where it was recorded.
Mexican news outlet Debate claimed in an article that the video was filmed at a section of wall dividing Texas from Ciudad Camargo in the state of Tamaulipas.
However, Washington Post reporter Nick Miroff refuted that report in a tweet, saying that Customs and Border Patrol officials told him the video was not recorded in the Rio Grande Valley.
‘Unclear where it was filmed, but based on desert terrain, daytime recording and style of bollards, I’m guessing these are images of a monsoon out west, prob Arizona,’ Miroff wrote.
Regardless of questions over the origin of the video, Trump critics had a field day with jokes about the collapse.
Best-selling author Rick Wilson tweeted: ‘I have a Trump wall joke but it blows.’
Another man tweeted in response to Wilson: ‘I have a trump wall joke but I know it will fall flat.’
‘I have a Trump wall joke but it will fall apart before it’s finished,’ a third man wrote.
Yet another critic added: ‘I hope the Trump Wall is still under warranty. I’d hate to see Mexico have to pay for it a second time.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to CBP for clarification about the video.
Hanna was downgraded to a tropical depression after it made landfall in south Texas along the Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday morning.
The storm dumped more than 12 inches of rain along the US-Mexico border as it tore through the area with winds of up to 50 miles per hour.