House Republicans' Spending Bill Includes Money for Proposed Border Wall

A partial view of the US-Mexico border wall

"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", he told reporters Wednesday on Air Force One en route to Paris.

Constructing a border wall with Mexico covering the full 2,000-mile border is not necessary, President Donald Trump has said. "There is a chance that we can do a solar wall", Trump said.

On the related matter of his plan for a wall on the US-Mexican border, Trump said that his remarks about installing solar panels on the structure had not been in jest.

"As frightful 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. It's over", he said.

One fearless reporter asked a question about Trump's assertion that the WALL could include solar panels.

Trump also scaled back significantly the number of miles he predicts such a wall will span, to at most half of the southern border. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) promised to "fight every spending bill that doesn't fund that wall" in a new advertisement. "Plus we have some wall that's already up that we're already fixing". The President of the United States is afraid that 60lb sacks of drugs from Mexico will be catapulted over the border wall and rain down atop the heads of Americans. Nobody who actually patrols the border wants a wall, after all, because you can't see though it.

"And I'll give you an example", Trump started.

DHS says the roughly $1.6 billion requested for a wall will cover 74 miles of construction: 32 miles of wall and 28 miles of levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley, and 14 miles of replacement for secondary fencing in San Diego.

Congressional funding for the border wall is not well taken by Democrats and a section among Republicans. Officials in cities like NY and San Francisco have said they are considering measures that would prevent their cities from doing business with companies that so much as bid on the wall.

And Trump himself reacted to news reports suggesting Democrats had bested him on the earlier catchall spending bill by taking to Twitter to complain about Senate filibuster rules and declaring that: "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!"

"We have some incredible designs", he said.

Combined, the stepped-up efforts are a down payment on Mr. Trump's plans for a border wall and his call for a deportation force to oust illegal immigrants.

The promise of a wall along the US-Mexico border was one of President Trump's election promises during his campaign.

Asked if he knew that his son was meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June previous year, Trump said in a White House interview: "No, that I didn't know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this".



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