Border Patrol agents chanted “four more years” as President Trump spoke to them at the White House Friday, taking a victory lap over ongoing construction of his border wall.
Mr. Trump praised the design, saying it’s not the concrete slab wall he’d originally wanted, but he’s been brought around to the current version with steel rebar bollards.
He said what convinced him was hearing stories of bags of drugs being catapulted over the old slab wall, and sometimes even hitting people on the U.S. side. The slab wall prevented visibility into Mexico.
The new bollard wall is see-through.
“As soon as they said that, that was the thing that got me,” Mr. Trump told the National Border Patrol Council, which is the labor union for the agents and which was gathered at the White House.
Holding up photos, Mr. Trump said the wall is spray painted black in order to retain heat, which can deter crossers amid the hot southwest. And he pointed to the panels atop the fence that deter climbers.
“It’s been almost 100% effective in the areas it’s been built,” he said.
The president was speaking a day after he re-declared a border emergency and informed Congress he would divert another $3.8 billion from the Pentagon toward his border wall.
The decision was deeply controversial, but Mr. Trump pointed out much of Congress backed building walls under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, but now resist because he’s in office.
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