There’ll be some nat­u­ral bricks in Trump’s wall…

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PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump said the wall he wants to build along the 3 200km US-Mex­ico fron­tier may not need to cover the en­tire bor­der, be­cause of ex­ist­ing nat­u­ral bar­ri­ers, ac­cord­ing to re­marks re­leased by the White House.

On a flight to Paris from Washington, Trump told re­porters aboard Air Force One: “You have moun­tains. You have some rivers that are vi­o­lent and vi­cious. You have some ar­eas that are so far away that you don’t re­ally have peo­ple cross­ing.

“But you’ll need any­where from 700 to 900 miles.”

Trump also told re­porters on the plane it was im­por­tant that bor­der agents and others should be able to see through the wall so they could be aware of on­com­ing dan­gers.

“As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have peo­ple on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them. They hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff ? It’s over,” Trump said.

One of Trump’s cam­paign prom­ises was to build a bor­der wall to fight il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. His vow that Mex­ico would pay for the wall, which the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment has in­sisted it will not do, has strained re­la­tions between the two. The bor­der stretches across four US states. It al­ready has 965km of bar­ri­ers, in­clud­ing fences and walls. – Reuters

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