President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters that three countries have come to the United States to “study” what he has described as the “Rolls-Royce version” of a border barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump boasted to reporters about the barrier’s impenetrability, claiming it has undergone extensive testing to ensure that immigrants would be unable to scale the structure.
“We actually built prototypes and we have, I guess you could say, world-class climbers,” he said. “We had 20 mountain climbers. That’s all they do, they love to climb mountains.”
“Some of them were champions, and we gave them different prototypes of walls, and this was the one that was hardest to climb,” he continued.
“Look at the inner tube to see what happens, because after the wall is up, we pour concrete and concrete goes into the tube, and in addition to that we have rebar,” Trump explained to reporters, referring to a stack of the hollow steel beams that would eventually make up the wall.
“So if you think you’re going to cut it with a blowtorch, that doesn’t work because you hit concrete,” he continued, “and if you think you’re going to go through the concrete, that doesn’t work because we have very powerful rebar inside.”
“And people that have seen it – other countries are now coming, as you know, and they’re studying the wall because other people are thinking about something. The only thing is that I’m not sure they can’t afford a wall like this,” he claimed.
“Which countries?” a reporter asked.
“I will tell you at a certain point if I get their approval. We’ve had three of them already,” Trump replied. “They’re coming and they are studying the wall but I’ll let you know if I can get their approval. I’ll give you that. Who asked that? Jeff? I’ll give you that information if I can. I want to ask their approval first.”
An illustration of Trump totally BSing:
TRUMP: "Other countries are now coming & studying the wall…the only thing is I'm not sure they can afford a wall like this"
REPORTER: Which countries?
T: "I will tell you at a certain point if I get their approval. We've had 3 of them" pic.twitter.com/cMX8bmxjv4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 19, 2019
When Trump began to elaborate on the structure’s technological assets, he was gently reprimanded by the head of the Army Corps of Engineers.
“One thing we haven’t mentioned is technology,” Trump said. “They’re wired so that we will know if somebody’s trying to break through.”
He then prompted Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, acting head of the Army Corps, to elaborate. Semonite quickly answered: “Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that.”
Oh my god. Trump starts to discuss apparently sensitive technology deployed at the border. Asks the General in charge to describe the technology.
The General's response: "Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that." pic.twitter.com/FlSmiNTbLM
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) September 18, 2019