“The Wall” was always a major talking point for Donald Trump, even when he was a candidate, but unlike other campaign trail promises this refrain has not let up.
The Wall is all we hear about now and by forcing a government shutdown in order to get funding for his proposed barrier between the United States and Mexico, Trump has assured that The Wall will remain a constant subject of discussion until his ultimatum is either consented to or abandoned.
From the beginning Trump crowed that it would be a “big, beautiful wall” that would protect Americans from the evil Mexican hordes that Trump was so fond of warning people about. He even tweeted a Game of Thrones meme about it.
The wall was going to be concrete but then Trump backtracked and said it would be made of “artistically designed steel slats” that would form a barrier while also allowing Border Patrol agents to see what’s happening on the other side.
Well now those steel slats have been put to the test and have failed miserably.
Dept. of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype for border wall proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 10, 2019
A photo obtained by @NBCNews shows the results of the test. https://t.co/SNxn6YneG9 pic.twitter.com/UP9EgHGxDx
According to NBC News, who also obtained a photo, the Department of Homeland Security, has built and tested a number of prototype barriers near the Mexican border and that they have been found wanting.
In fact, Border Patrol agents were able to cut through the steel slats with “common tools.”
A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.
In other words Trump’s proposed wall can be cut through with a common saw.
According to NBC News Trump quickly deflected when asked about the wall on Thursday and blamed it on others but, as usual, wasn’t being truthful.
Responding to the picture from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday morning, Trump claimed “that’s a wall designed by previous administrations.”
While it is true that previous administrations used this design, the prototype was built during his administration.
“It’s very, very hard — the wall that we are doing is very, very hard to penetrate,” Trump said.
REPORTER: Mr President, there are pictures this morning showing steel barrier wall being sawed right through. What good is it?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 10, 2019
TRUMP: "Well, that's a wall that was designed by previous administrations. There is nothing that can't be penetrated, but you fix it." pic.twitter.com/fpPwP9A759
So to recap: We’ve gone from Trump promising an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful” wall to a rusty fence that can be breached a saw from the hardware store.
Good news for border-crossers. Hack saws are much easier to carry than ladders.https://t.co/DpiHZcU8XA— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) January 10, 2019
Trump shutdown parts of the USG w/o a functional prototype.— Shadow Cloud (@Panawahpskek) January 10, 2019
"While it is true that previous administrations used this design, the prototype was built during his administration."
"It's very, very hard — the wall that we are doing is very, very hard to penetrate," Trump said. https://t.co/35pvHomVuM
So much for steel is the strongest thing on earth, Trump think again. ??? https://t.co/xi8JihQjlN— OSO (@osoc) January 10, 2019
Trump-quality materials! ?? https://t.co/my6NCIurwE— Ethical Guru (@Sourcing_Guru) January 10, 2019
I mean really, what do you expect for a lousy five billion. https://t.co/NKF3rfHPhW— Chris Dayton (@Chris_Dayton94) January 10, 2019
$5 billion, huh? FOH https://t.co/JYGWopHONa— Ryan Keller (@maizewings) January 10, 2019
A half-assed attempt at fixing a fabricated problem is so on-brand for this administration. https://t.co/oFg8PIziqu— stevo (@ecualibrium) January 10, 2019