EspañolUnited States President Donald Trump said the wall he plans to build on the Mexican border doesn’t need to cover the entire border because there are already natural obstacles in many places.
“You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious,” Trump said durning his flight from Washington to Paris this Thursday, July 13. “You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing. So you don’t need that. You’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles.”
Trump said it was important that border agents can see through the wall so as to be alert of the dangers present on the other side.
“As horrible as it sounds, when the big bags of drugs are thrown, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you do not see them. Did they hit you in the head with 60 pounds of stuff?” the President said.
One of Trump’s most controversial and talked-about campaign promises during his campaign involved the construction of a border wall to prevent illegal immigrants from entering with weapons and drugs. He continues to claim that Mexico will pay for its construction, though the Mexican government continues to disagree.
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Faced with Mexico’s strong stance on the wall’s financing, Trump has said he will find a different way for the country to reimburse the United States; in the meantime, US tax payers will have to finance it first.
Six months after his presidency, Trump has only asked Congress for $1.6 billion for the project, which estimates claim will ultimately cost around $20 billion.