Late last week, a new book was released by two New York Times journalists, which revealed a few of the extreme ideas floated by President Trump in discussions about the infamous wall he is building at the US-Mexico border.
Trump reportedly suggested a number of extreme, and often outlandish ideas, to reinforce the wall and stop migrants from attempting to climb it. Included in these were pitches of electrified barbed wire reinforcement, metal spikes, and a snake/alligator-infested moat. As well as this, an excerpt from the book shows Trump asking whether officers could be positioned on the border, to shoot any migrants who try to scale it in the legs. Aides apparently told him this would be illegal.
In response to the allegations, Trump labeled the claims “fake news”:
“I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy”, he said in a tweet on Wednesday.
However, the book – titled Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration – has interviewed a number of people who were involved with the planning stage of the wall, including aides and members of the Trump administration.
[Suggestions included] electrified barbed wire reinforcement, metal spikes, and a snake/alligator-infested moat.
The book’s focus is honed in on one week in March 2019, in which the President attempted to entirely close down the southern US border.
“Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh,” one extract reads.
Trump ask[ed] whether officers could be positioned on the border, to shoot any migrants who try to scale it in the legs. Aides apparently told him this would be illegal.
Building a wall along the US-Mexico border is one of the President’s main policies, forming part of his wider ‘immigration crackdown’.
The wall’s construction has now begun, and the Pentagon has allocated $3.6bn (approx. £2.9bn) towards its development.