President Trump has not backed down from his desire for a solid, concrete wall, but has acknowledged that metal slats could be better in certain sectors, as border patrol can see on the other side of it. The Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump insisted Monday morning he’s not done with the idea for a concrete border wall, the type of structure he promised repeatedly on the campaign trail in 2016.
“An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides). Makes sense to me!”
Earlier in December, Trump said the the wall would “beautiful” and constructed of “artistically designed steel slats” where those patrolling the border would be able to see through to the other side, making it easier to monitor.
Since Democrats did not budge in providing the $5 billion Trump demands for the border wall in a spending bill, the government was forced into a partial shutdown when funding for the Department of Homeland Security and several other federal agencies ran out the Friday before Christmas.
Adapting original plans to better meet the needs of border security is a fact. Whether a wall is of solid concrete or metal slats, it will serve the same purpose – controlling the border against unknown threats.