Some of Trump's proposals: shoot immigrants in the legs and build a moat with alligators: report
President Donald Trump came up with some pretty odd ideas in his attempt to shut down the border wall with Mexico according to a new report from the New York Times.
“The Oval Office meeting this past March began, as so many had, with President Trump fuming about migrants. But this time he had a solution. As White House advisers listened astonished, he ordered them to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico — by noon the next day,” the newspaper reported.
Trump apparently wanted to build a moat.
“Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh,” the paper noted. “After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”
This is stuff that you just can't even fathom taking place in the United States of America. The fact that these were actual policy suggestions from the President of the United States is really hard to believe. It being Trump, though, makes sense.
“Today, as Mr. Trump is surrounded by advisers less willing to stand up to him, his threat to seal off the country from a flood of immigrants remains active,” The Times noted.
“Among those in the room were Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary at the time; Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state; Kevin K. McAleenan, the Customs and Border Protection chief at the time; and Stephen Miller, the White House aide who, more than anyone, had orchestrated Mr. Trump’s immigration agenda. Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff was also there, along with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and other senior staff,” the newspaper noted.
“You are making me look like an idiot!” The Times reported Trump told his advisors, though adding that the actual quote included profanity.
The Times, of course, based their article on interviews with more than a dozen White House and administration officials. Trump will likely try to dismiss this as fake, along with every other report that comes out, but if this is true it is definitely one of his most interesting suggestions to secure the border.