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President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he prefers one of the eight border wall prototypes during a visit to the site on the U.S.-Mexico border where the 30-foot-high models have been constructed and tested.
Trump, visiting California for the first time as president, examined the prototypes and received a briefing from Border Patrol, as well as from federal government officials handling the project.
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During his tour, Trump told reporters that he wanted a wall that had some “see-through capability” so that Border Patrol agents could see what, and who, was on the other side.
“You have to know what’s on the other side of the wall. … You could be two feet away from a cartel, and you don’t even know they’re there,” he said.
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Three of the eight prototypes include some “see-through capability,” in the form of thick steel struts at ground level.
The president also said he preferred prototypes that had a rounded top, which would make scaling the wall with a rope or grappling hook more difficult.
Prototypes - Feature - Tops
Four of the eight prototypes feature rounded tops.
Only one of the eight, however, has both “see-through capability” and a rounded...
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