President Trump put the first concrete number on the miles of border he wants to fence off, saying “anywhere from 700 to 900 miles” need his border wall — and he said he wasn’t joking when he suggested erecting solar panels to help pay for constructions.
“There is a very good chance we can do a solar wall,” the president told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to France Wednesday night.
During the campaign Mr. Trump said he wanted to see a wall across the 1,954-mile border with Mexico, but told reporters now that he’s been convinced there are a number of areas that don’t need fencing because of natural barriers.
“But you’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles,” he said.
Mr. Trump also agreed with border security experts who say the wall needs to allow visibility through to the Mexican side, as a safety precaution. The president said smugglers will throw heavy sacks of drugs up over the fence, which is a danger to Border Patrol agents.
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