As President Trump spoke before the press with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the G20 summit, a familiar subject came up — and Trump was as prepared as ever.
When a reporter asked Trump if he would still like Mexico to pay for his proposed border wall, Trump responded “absolutely” without hesitation. ( via The Daily Caller)
While many questioned whether he could follow through on his campaign promises, Trump has done his absolute best to be a man of his word — including this one. It is clear the he intends to continue pushing for a deal to get it done.
This was the first meeting between the two leaders since Trump was elected to the White House. The Mexican president canceled a previous trip to the U.S. in January in defiance of Trump’s continued demands that Mexico shell out the cash for the wall. However, the meeting could be postponed no longer, as discussions had to be held concerning the situation at the borders, and Trump refuses to drop the matter and break his campaign promises.
The plan to build a fortified southern border wall has always been a key part of Trump’s campaign and plan to keep America safe. The wall will span 60 miles and cost an estimated $21.6 billion. The current federal budget proposal only includes a small portion of that — as it has been the plan all along to have Mexico foot most of the bill.
According to CNBC, Trump’s proposed “big, beautiful wall” will be 30-feet high and nearly impossible to climb or cut through. It is intended to be aesthetically pleasing as well as practical — one that he believes will add to the peace of mind and national security of the United States.
The wall must meet certain requirements, which have yet to be solidified, such as being sunk 6-feet and include 50-foot automated gates for legal visitors and commuters. The government requirements, making it difficult to penetrate, would include making it take an hour or more to cut through it with a “sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools,” as reported by Newsweek.
There are also other requirements that have yet to be agreed upon, such as whether it should be constructed of solid concrete or be “see-through.”
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Trump administration has already seen a drastic fall in border arrest numbers. Compared to June of 2016, border violation arrests dropped during Trump’s tenure a whopping 53% — proving that Trump is continually making efforts to stand behind his campaign promises.
President Trump’s executive order stated, “Border security is critically important to the national security of the United States. Aliens who illegally enter the United States without inspection or admission present a significant threat to national security and public safety… Transnational criminal organizations operate sophisticated drug- and human-trafficking networks and smuggling operations on both sides of the southern border, contributing to a significant increase in violent crime and United States deaths from dangerous drugs.”
Trump and his administration continue to do everything they can to tighten the U.S. border. The border wall has been slated to be constructed starting next year, but the White House has yet to establish an agreement with the Mexican government to cover the cost. However, President Trump appears confident that a deal with be reached.