President Trump on Wednesday angrily dismissed a New York Times report that said he proposed putting alligators or snakes in a water-filled moat along the Southern Border and that he wanted the border wall to be electrified with sharp spikes to deter undocumented immigrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as “fake news.”
“Obviously it’s fake,” Trump claimed during an Oval Office meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.
Trump, however, did not deny that he asked border officials to shoot migrants in the legs, as reported by Times on Tuesday.
Despite Trump’s claims that he has not proposed a border wall with spikes on top, the president shared a photo of the design of the border wall in December 2018 that zoomed in on spikes at the top of the slats.
A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful! pic.twitter.com/sGltXh0cu9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
“It was a lie. Just so you have it, you asked the question,” Trump pointed to the reporter that asked about the New York Times report. “It was a total lie.”
“It was corrupt reporting,” Trump continued.
“Okay? I don’t even use Fake [News] anymore. I call the Fake News now Corrupt News because Fake [News] isn’t tough enough and I’m the one that came up with the term and I’m very proud of it,” Trump falsely claimed.
“But I think I’m gonna switch it largely to Corrupt News because the media in this country, not everybody, we have some great reporters, some great journalists, but much of it is corrupt. It’s corrupt. You have corrupt media in this country and it surely is the enemy of the people. Thank you very much,” he said.