President Trump spent his entire campaign promising to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, since his victory last November, he has struggled to come up with a way to pay for the wall; Congress has refused to fund it, as has Mexico (despite Trump promising his supporters otherwise), and his proposed 20 percent tax on Mexican imports was not well-received.
He’s still no closer to paying for the wall than when he first took office, but the president does have some new plans for its design.
During his flight to Paris on Wednesday night, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that solar panels might be included in the wall’s design. According to CNBC, when Trump was asked by a reporter if that was a joke, he said:
‘No, not joking, no. There is a chance that we can do a solar wall. We have major companies looking at that. Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border — the southern border. And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good. But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.’
Trump then went on to say that he also has some new ideas that will increase the wall’s “transparency.” Rather than the concrete wall he originally talked about, the president is now advocating for a “steel wall with openings” so that border patrol agents can see what is on the other side. Essentially, he wants a fence.
‘One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can’t see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.
‘And I’ll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs.’
The Los Angeles Times noted that Trump also scaled back his promise to have the wall occupy the full U.S.-Mexico border. He explained that there are “a lot of natural barriers” where the wall does not need to be built.
‘You don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers.
‘You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious. You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing. So you don’t need that.’
Instead, Trump is anticipating needing a wall that covers “anywhere from 700 to 900 miles.”
The president also claimed that construction on the wall has already begun because people are working on making repairs to the existing border fence.
‘You know, we’ve already started the wall because we’re fixing large portions of wall right now. We’re taking wall that was good but it’s in very bad shape, and we’re making it new.’
It’s long been known that Trump’s grasp on reality is tenuous at best, but these comments prove he’s more delusional than anyone thought.
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