This Thursday, President Trump and his administration revealed their intentions of planning to make the widely popular US-Mexico wall, a solar wall. President Trump mentioned that he is considering equipping the wall with solar panels in order to generate electricity.
When a reporter asked President Trump if was joking about building a solar wall, the president responded, “No, not joking, no. There is a chance that we can do a solar wall. We have major companies looking at that.”
Trump went on to talk about how “there is a very good chance” that a solar wall would be built, and that “there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border — the southern border.”
“Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I happen to be an electrical engineer, I happen to know a little bit about solar power, I happen to know that what he’s saying just doesn’t make sense,” stated Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.).
“Basically what he’s saying is, ‘Why don’t we build a ramp so that people can drive over?’ instead of building a wall that’s supposed to do what he wants it to do,” added Cárdenas.
Furthermore, back in February Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly was noted mentioning to the Congress that the Border Patrol officials that are in charge of overseeing the border had requested for a barrier that could allow them to see the other side. Trump stated that keeping Kelly’s request in mind, the wall would be see-though.
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,” said Trump. “As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall.”
“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,” Trump stated.
Although, the Republican House leaders were finally able to get a $1.6 billion funding approved for the construction of the wall, it to be noted that the much promised wall has been long delayed and that President Trump is doing everything he can to make up for the fact.
Despite the fact that President Trump had proposed a wall covering the US-Mexico border in his presidential campaign, it is to be noted that the president has clarified that the wall being proposed shall not cover the entire US-Mexico border, however, he argued that “you don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers.”
“And remember this, it’s a 2,000-mile border, but 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,” said Trump.
While, the Democrats had repeatedly emphasized on the fact that they will do everything in their might to derail any budget that contains funding specifically for the construction of a new wall, it has been noted that President Trump argued that “We’re taking wall that was good but it’s in very bad shape, and we’re making it new. We’re fixing it. It’s already started.” He added, “So in a true sense, we’ve already started the wall.”
The Democrats argued back, stating that President Trump is failing to keep up with his promise for the construction of the wall and “knows it’s going to be nearly impossible to get funding for a wall” and is thus, creating “a victory out of nothing.”
“Look, he’s trying to create a victory out of nothing because he knows it’s going to be nearly impossible to get funding for a wall, and he knows his supporters are so dogmatic they’re just going to accept any lie that he says as truth,” stated Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.).