President Trump Visits the Border Wall

President Trump Visits the Border Wall

The President: For many
years, people have wanted the proper wall and we
have a wall that — the likes of which, very
few places have ever seen. And I want to thank
all of the people. General Semonite from the
Army Corps of Engineers — we’re working very
closely with them. I want to thank Kevin
and all of your staff — Acting Secretary
McAleenan: Thank you, sir. The President: —
because what they’ve done is beyond. And I wanted to show you
some of the details of the wall. You can see — you can
see a pretty good view. This is going to be close
to 500 miles by the time we finish. Those are the areas that
are most important. After we’re completed 5-
— that should be done pretty close to next year. Over — it’ll be
over 400 miles. And we think we can get
it close to 500 miles by the end of next year,
depending on certain terrain conditions. But we’re doing all of
the most important areas. We have a lot of natural
barriers, like mountains and streams and rivers
and — some pretty vicious and violent
rivers, actually. But it’s — it’s an
amazing project. And I think what I’d like
you to do is if you could explain the interior
of these pipes. The wall is 30 feet high. We also have 18-foot wall. We have a combination of
30 feet and 18 [feet], depending on the area,
depending on the — on the importance. Tijuana is
right over here. There are thousands of
people over there that had been trying to get in. Tremendous cooperation
from Mexico. And the President of
Mexico has been fantastic. All of Mexico has
been fantastic. As you know, right now
they have 27,000 soldiers. So, in addition to
the wall, we have the soldiers. Now, the wall still,
obviously, has a ways to go, but we’re building
it at a breakneck speed. I wanted them to show you
the interior of parts of the wall and what’s inside
of each individual slat. And you’ll see it’s a
combination of steel, concrete, and — as one of
the folks just said — it really is virtually
impenetrable. Any walls that were put
up would get knocked down very quickly,
very easily. This wall is not
something that can be really knocked down. I guess anything can,
but this is very tough. And it goes down six feet. It’s three and
four feet wide. The concrete — you see it
right here; it’s exposed. And I might ask
General Semonite to say a few words
about it. And I’d like to bring
them right up — look at the inner tube
— to see what happens. Because after the wall is
up, we pour concrete, and concrete goes
into the tube. And in addition to
that, we have rebar. So if you think you’re
going to cut it with a blowtorch, that
doesn’t work because you hit concrete. And then if you think
you’re going to go through the concrete, that doesn’t
work because we have very powerful rebar inside. So it’s a very powerful,
very powerful wall — the likes of which,
probably, to this extent, has not been
built before. This is an area — because
it’s so highly trafficked, this was one of the
most dangerous areas. We have a double wall. We have a wall
on both sides. One is 18 feet;
that’s your border. And the other
one is 30 feet. And everybody — if they
should be able to make that, this is where people
are waiting for them. It’s a very — a very
powerful situation. So, General, maybe you
could take over for a couple of minutes, and
then I’ll take it back. General Semonite: So,
Mr. President, I want to build on your comments. This is a system. It is both the two walls,
but it also is the road networks, down through the
middle and the back, so that the Customs and
Border can go ahead and continue to be able
to move around it. Also, a lighting system. And if you think about
this, I mean, it really is kind of a
defense in depth. When you think about these
panels going up — right now, we’re putting in
about 270 panels a day that are going
in the ground. We’ve got over 44,000
panels that are already built. And you think about the
depth of how we’re doing it. Without getting into a lot
of details: 66 miles today are already completed. There’s 251 miles that
are under contract, going in the ground right
now at 17 other sites. There’s 163 miles that are
actually on contracts that are going to be
(inaudible) in the next 90 days. And the remainder of the
miles the President talked about is mainly private
land that takes a little bit longer to get. One of the things I want
to just remind you about: That when you have a
football field — kind of a flat area like this —
it’s a little bit easier to build a wall. But if you just turn
around and look at the mountain behind you, one
of the projects that’s going to go up in the
next year continues this barrier right up over the
rest of that mountain. So it goes back to being
able to — we’ve got to have this linear
capability to be able to continue to provide
that level of defense. We will talk — this is
what the bollards look like. Thirty feet high
on the backside. And you’ll see, on the
inside, there was a time — The President: Come on
over here, if you want. You can bring the cameras. It’s sort of interesting. General Semonite: — where
people were worried that maybe you could negotiate
— you could negotiate through the bollard. So what the bollard is
now, again, is that there are two pieces of rebar —
12 feet long — that are inside the bollard. And then, when we put it
up, we put concrete in. I won’t tell you the
depth of the concrete, but it is a pretty
substantial obstacle to be able to go through. And I would defer to you,
Commissioner, for anything else you want to add. Acting Commissioner
Morgan: Yeah. Thanks, General. So a very important part
of this — and that’s why the President was talking
about the (inaudible). Right here, what we —
part of what the wall gets is, is it gets the men and
women of CBP, specifically Border Patrol, operational
capacity to get to the area where people are
trying to illegally cross. Before — the old landing
style — they could cut through that in seconds. Sometimes, they could come
in a vehicle and just knock it over, and
literally, within seconds, they were in the United
States illegally. This makes it almost
impenetrable. Right now, they’ve
had four attempts to cut through this. All four times
it’s failed. Border Patrol has been
able to respond and interdict those
individuals. This, right here
— this design — it’s a game changer. The President: And the
reason we pour the concrete afterwards is
because it’s too heavy to lift when the
concrete is poured in. So we put it up and
we pour the concrete. A lot of people
don’t see that. But we pour the
concrete afterwards. So you have the rebar,
you have the steel, and then you
have concrete. And it’s hardened
concrete. Very powerful concrete. What is that —
4,000 pounds or 5,000-pound concrete? General Semonite: That
would be 5,000, sir. The President: That’s
a very strong — that’s a very
powerful concrete. And a lot of technological
advances have been made with concrete. It sounds pretty
simple, but it’s not. It’s a very
powerful concrete. So you have the rebar, you
have the outer crust, and you have the
inside is concrete. And it’s pretty amazing. And, again, the concrete
is poured after it’s up. They pour it through
funnels and cover much of the territory
of the bollard. General Semonite: Mr.
President, also, this is a great view to
look at the anti-climb. I defer to the
Commissioner to explain what that panel does. Acting Commissioner
Morgan: Hey, you know what? I’d actually turn this
over right now to our chief patrol agent right
now, Agent Harrison. He’s really going to
be able to give you, from an agent’s perspective,
exactly the magnitude of what this wall — the
operational capacity — gives the Border
Patrol agents. Agent Harrison: Thank
you, Commissioner and Mr. President. So, so you know, sir,
this is the wall that the agents asked for. And they wanted me to tell
you personally that they appreciate this — and not
only this here, but the extension that — it’s
bringing the secondary out, further out. They really appreciate it. It makes them safer —
The President: Right. You’ve been great. You guys have been great. Agent Harrison: — it
makes the community safer, and it allows us to make
that apprehension here in the border zone, as
opposed to getting in vehicles and getting in
pursuits on the highway. We want to make that
apprehension here. The President: Well, you
know, just in terms of the quality, I came with the
Border Patrol — we worked with them very closely. I said, “Fellas, how
about doing a less expensive version?” They said, “Well, this is
the version that works” — including the poured
concrete in the steel, with the rebar and
everything else. That’s the Rolls
Royce version. Then I said, “Well,
fellas, how about doing one wall instead of two?” In a lot of areas, we have
two — where you have tremendous amounts of
people on the other side trying to break through. We know exactly where
those areas are — Tijuana being over
here, as I said. And they said, “Well, sir,
two works much better in these areas.” A lot more expensive. So, we have the one side,
on the border — 18 [feet]. And then we have
over here, 30 feet. And I think one of the
things you were asking, Mark, and wanted
somebody to explain is the protection on top
— how that stops. It’s an anti-climb device,
if you look at the steel on top. It’s also structural, but
actually it was there, more importantly,
for anti-climb. Do you want to
explain that? The panels up top. Agent Harrison: So it’s
one thing to figure out how to navigate the
vertical posts, but the transition at
the top makes the climb orders of magnitude
more difficult. It requires different
equipment, different tools, different skills. And so it’s the change, as
we get to the top, that adds to the protection
of that fence, sir. Acting Commissioner
Morgan: And, again, anything that we can do
to give the Border Patrol agent even a few more
seconds, a few more minutes to respond —
that’s a game changer. And, sir, if you don’t
mind, I think this is important to talk about. The chief patrol agent
just mentioned — is that there’s a false narrative
out there that this wall is the President’s
vanity wall. I’m here to tell you
right now that’s false. This President, this
administration — what they did is exactly
what the President just explained. He reached out to the
experts — to the Border Patrol agents that are
on the frontlines every single day, risking their
lives protecting this country, enforcing
the laws that Congress enacted. He reached out to those
agents, to those line agents, and asked, “What
do you need to do your job more effectively to
secure and safeguard this country?” And those Border
Patrol agents said, “We need this.” So, this President
— thank you. You listened to the agents
and you gave them exactly what they asked for. The President: This
is your maximum that you can do. And one thing we haven’t
mentioned is technology. They’re wired so
that we will know if somebody is trying
to break through. And you may want
to discuss that a little bit, General. General Semonite: Sir,
there could be some merit in not discussing that. The President: Okay. (laughter) I like that. just tell you
they’re wired, okay? They’re wired. They’re, technologically,
very advanced. All set up for cameras
any place we want. We have all of the —
everything we need. But it’s all set up for
cameras, for anything. And you’ve been hearing
“drone technology” — they’re all wired out
for drone technology. Anything you
want, we have. And, frankly, this is
the right time to do it. Because to do it later,
after it’s built is very expensive. This way, it’s mostly
just adding wire. So we’re all
set up to adapt. And that’s the story. We have certain areas
like this, where you have double walls. If you look behind, you
can see how it goes up the hill. And that goes many miles
in that direction. And we’re starting
now many miles in this direction. We also have — it all
fits together like a puzzle. How many sites would you
say, over the next period of time, will have been
started construction? General Semonite: Sir,
probably about 35 sites. At any one given point,
all working — and some of the contractors, actually
— if they’re building five miles, they might
having one on one end, one on the other, and one
in the middle, so they get the maximum amount of
people building at the same time. The President: So we
have different bids and different contractors. This is one contractor —
an excellent contractor, by the way. They’re doing a
really good job. But we have many
contractors bidding on many different parts in
different states — in Arizona; New Mexico,
where I just left. We have great contractors
bidding, and we’re starting walls
in New Mexico. The Arizona wall are
moving along really well. They’re really moving
along rapidly, and they need them desperately. And part of the beauty —
sometimes you’ll see the tunneling, where they
go under the wall. Here, this goes down —
the concrete goes down very deep. It’s very hard to tunnel. You can’t tunnel. It’s actually dangerous. But, at a certain point,
you hit rock, so you can’t tunnel. So we have it
covered underground. We have it covered
over ground. And this is — as I said,
this is the finest you can do. I said, “Let’s do
it differently. We don’t have to
go 30 feet.” They said, “Sir, if
you don’t do 30 feet, it won’t be the
same, because of the climb.” We actually
built prototypes and we have, I guess you
could say, world-class mountain climbers. We got climbers. We had 20 mountain
climbers. That’s all they do; they
love to climb mountains. They can have it. Me, I don’t want
to climb mountains. But they’re very good. And some of them
were champions. And we gave them different
prototypes of walls, and this was the one that
was hardest to climb. And we’ve all seen the
pictures of young people climbing walls with drugs
on their back — a lot of drugs. I mean, they’re
unbelievable climbers. This wall can’t
be climbed. This is very, very hard. And what the panel does
on top, as I said, is structural, but it’s also
very hard to get by panel. Plus, it’s designed
to absorb heat, so it’s extremely hot. The wall is — you won’t
be able to touch it. You can — you can fry
an egg on that wall. It’s very, very hot. So if they’re going to
climb it, they’re going to have bring hoses
and waters — water. And we don’t’ know where
they’re going to hook it up, because there’s not
a lot of water out here. So it’s a very, very
hard thing to climb. We were thinking about an
all-concrete wall — this is a much more expensive
version — but they want to be able to have a
vision in through — looking through
Mexico, looking in both directions. They have to be able to
because otherwise you have a block; you can’t see
what’s going on on the other side. They can build —
literally, they could have a group of some pretty
tough people out there. And we don’t
want to do that. You may want to
explain that. Why would you want —
you need this vision. It was so important. Because, frankly, an
all-concrete wall would have been a much less
expensive wall to build. But from the standpoint
of Border Patrol, they were very much
opposed to it. Go ahead. Agent Harrison: So, sir,
as you mentioned, it — our agents patrol
along these walls. The President: Right. Agent Harrison: And as
they get closer to that, being able to see the
threat through the wall prior to a rock coming
over the fence or something else coming
over the fence at them is just — it’s an
officer-safety thing, sir. And we appreciate it. The President: Good. Yeah. It worked out. And I understood. It’s sort of interesting;
I always envisioned maybe it’s a solid
concrete wall. And that would have
been easy to do. But every time I had
a meeting with Border Patrol, with ICE, with
the General, with the — everybody involved — with
Kevin, with Mark, they said, “Sir, we have to
be able to see through. If you don’t see through,
this thing is not going to work. It’s not going to be a
good situation.” They even talk about
things where somebody would be talking on
one side of the wall and they would
throw up bags of drugs that
weigh 100 pounds. They would catapult it
up and over the wall. And it was — I mean,
we’ve had instances where people got hit on the
other side because you don’t see who’s
over there. So having the wall, though
it’s more expensive, but it’s the right
thing to do. And people that have seen
it — other countries are now coming, as you know,
and they’re studying the wall, because other
people are thinking about something. The only thing is, I’m not
sure that they can afford a wall like this. This is — The Press: Which countries? The President: This is
really — I will tell you at a certain point if
I get their approval. We’ve had three
of them already. They’re coming and they’re
studying the wall. But I’ll let you know. If I can get their
approval, I’ll give that. Who asked that? Jeff? The Press: That was me. The President: I’ll give
you that information if I can. I want to ask their
approval first, okay? So that’s pretty much it. Again, the President of
Mexico has been great. The soldiers who are right
outside — we have a lot of soldiers right now
— they’ve been great. Twenty-seven thousand, I
think, is the number, as of today. And this will be
something very special. I want to thank Mark. And I want to thank Kevin. And I want to thank you. Really fantastic
job they’ve done. The whole —
the whole group. Border Patrol has
been incredible. And the knowledge that
you’ve imparted — who would think this is
what we had to do? But that’s it. When you look down here,
you’ll see on a more flat area — this is fairly
flat — you’ll see what the wall looks like, and
it’s pretty impressive. If the cameras can look
down here — and these are the real people. These are the workers that
put up the wall, by the way. All of these guys, they
don’t do as much of that. (laughter) But these guys
do a great job, but we appreciate
it, fellas. These are the ones
that are here. Each one of these is
considered a panel. When they said — how
many panels are you going to put up? General Semonite:
Over 44,000 are in right now, sir. The President: Forty-four
thousand are already in. Each one of these —
if you look they’re — they’re together. So each one of these, I
think, they have — so they would have —
yeah — like eight? Eight. Acting Secretary
McAleenan: Yes sir. The President:
Eight bollards. Acting Secretary
McAleenan: Right. The President: And each
one of them — so I guess it’s mostly an
eight bollard. We also have some very
sophisticated openings when you have to get the
Border Patrol through or various people through
to the other side. We have some really
beautiful openings that work, I hear, really well. I hear we finally figured
that one out, right? That’s — that was not an
easy thing to figure out because of the weight. The weight is — it’s
tremendously heavy. But if you look down
here, you’ll see what the wall looks like. And the beautiful thing
is that people are seeing that we’re not going to
do — in another week, I understand — no more
catch and release. We’re not allowing people
into the country at all anymore. Nobody is coming in unless
they’re coming in legally. They’re coming in
through a process. We have it covered between
27,000 Mexican soldiers. And, really, now the wall
is starting to kick in very big. San Diego was just —
they were just thanking me for the wall we
built in San Diego. It’s like — they said
it’s a difference of day and night. They actually said,
“It’s 100 percent.” The only thing is we have
to now expand it out. The only way they get
through to walk many, many miles in the opposite
direction — one way or the other —
and go around it. But going over it
is impossible — is virtually impossible. But they were very,
very happy with what we’ve done. So the days — and I tell
you this very strongly: No more people can
come in. We wanted Congress
to help us. It would have made
life very easy. And we still want them to
get rid of loopholes, but we’ve done it a
different way. We’ve done it with
the help of Mexico. We’ve done it with the
help of Border Patrol. And we’ve done it with the
help of Kevin and all of your great
people, and Mark. We’ve done it a
different way. We still want them to do
it because it would be a little bit easier, but
Congress wouldn’t do it. When I say “Congress”
— the Democrats just wouldn’t do it. So now we have a
world-class security system at the
border, including the highest technology. I would think that
there’s no place like this anywhere. There’s no place has
anything like this or even close to it. Now, other places have
guards and, unfortunately, they have machine
guns and they have electrified fences. You touch them and
you get electrocuted. We don’t do that. We don’t do that. But this is something that
is equally difficult to get across. Okay? The Press: Can you explain
what was here before? Was there fencing here? Was there anything here? The President: Yeah. We had a very
low fencing here. In fact, you were
here before, I think. We had a very low fencing. It was a — like
a sheet metal. And people would knock it
over, like just routinely. And we ripped it out. We have a lot of areas
where we had that and even less than that, and then
we have areas where we had nothing. We had some areas where we
just had a pipe along the ground and that, sort of,
stopped cars or trucks, but they’d knock that
out pretty quickly. So those are areas — but,
in this case, we had — you saw it — it
was sheet rock. It was like sheet metal. A very thin — used to
build runways, as just a form to build runways. And they had a lot of it
left over years ago, and they put it up. But it would be knocked
down on a daily basis. Tell them about that. Acting Secretary
McAleenan: Can I offer, Mr. President? This is the same area
that we had the prototypes built. The President was
here 18 months ago. We now have 24 miles of
new primary and secondary wall in this sector. The difference that makes
for us, operationally is, instead of 3[00] to 500
people crossing a day, we’re now seeing 30 to 50. And combined with our
partnership with Mexico, where people aren’t being
released into the U.S., the traffic in this sector
has dropped dramatically. That’s how your strategy
is coming into play. The President: And the
only way you get to 50 is they walk around the areas
like this that aren’t — you know, we haven’t
sealed this up yet. We’ll be sealing this up
very shortly, or, in part of this, we have a gate. But the only way you get
the 50 — nobody is going over the wall. But where we are still
building it, that’s where they get the 50. We think it’s going to be
close to 100 percent in the end. I don’t think anybody is
— I guess, maybe, one of the greatest pole vaulters
in history can get over the low — (laughter) — the low one, but it’s
going to be very painful when they land, right? The Press: Mr. President,
it’s been about six or seven months since you
declared a national emergency here
at the border. Do you still consider the
country — the situation at the border a
national emergency? The President: Yeah. Sure. The Press: And what
will — how will you measure success? When will you withdraw
that declaration? The President: Well, I
think — I think, really, the success is going to be
when the wall is built, when human traffickers
can’t go through. You can understand, Phil. Right here, nobody is
coming through this here. If they got through here,
they have go through here. And they drive — they
make a left turn up here and someplace where they
didn’t have anything, and they drive into the
country and usually go unnoticed. And if they are noticed,
it’s a big deal. It’s — a big
chase goes on. I think that the — we
certainly — this is certainly a tremendous
national emergency because of human trafficking,
drugs, and people coming in illegally. And, in many cases,
those people have criminal records. And we don’t want
them in our country. The Press: And will troops
be here indefinitely? The President: The
Mexican troops? Indefinitely. The Press: No. Any U.S. troops. The President: Well,
we’re lowering it down. As we build the wall, we
can just about take all of the troops out and
Border Patrol takes over. Border Patrol has really
been taking over now anyway. People are hearing about
the wall and they’re not coming up nearly
as much either. You know, when you’re in
Guatemala — and, by the way, I want to
thank, also, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador. The leaders of those
countries have really been working with us
very strongly. And in all fairness, they
weren’t at the beginning, but they are now. And, in a couple of
cases — in all cases, ultimately, we’ll be doing
the safe third agreements. We already have them. In certain instances,
we already have them. And we’re talking
about that. But the thing is, when
people see this — and it’s, you know, one of
the reasons I’m doing it today: People see this and
they say, “Hey, there’s no reason to make that long
journey up, because we’re not getting into the
United States.” Agent Harrison: If I could
jump in, Mr. President. The President:
Yeah, please. Agent Harrison: So to your
point, although we’ve had a 43 percent decrease from
May to August of this year, we’re still 55
percent over last year. This is still a crisis. We’ve still got high
numbers coming. The Press: For the
Mexicans who do want to come over illegally,
is the administration doing anything to
streamline immigration? The President: Well, they
come over illegally. They’re not going to be
able to get over, so they’re going to try
— The Press: Legally. The President:
— and come in. So that if they want to
try and come in — when the wall is built, it will
be virtually impossible to come over illegally. And then we’re able to
take Border Patrol and put them at your points of
entry, where you need some extra help and
extra protection. And we’re able to
do a lot of things. But the numbers
now are way down. And as the wall goes
up — literally, as the wall goes up,
the numbers go down. But also, the Mexican
soldiers have been incredible. They’ve really
done a good job. The Press: But for the
great Mexicans citizens who want to come over
legally, are we doing anything to streamline —
The President: No, no. When they want to come
over legally, we make it absolutely —
in my opinion, it will be easier. They’ll have passes. They’ll have whatever
we’re going to sign. That’s being worked
on right now. And the farmers won’t be
hurt at all when we have — you know, as we — as
you know, we have many people coming
over from Mexico, and from certain
other countries. And they’re coming through
legally or they’re coming through with a work pass. And do you want to
explain that maybe? Acting Secretary
McAleenan: Sure. I mean, our neighbors
from Mexico — we have 400,000 that cross the
border almost every day. We have two of the
biggest, busiest ports of entry in the entire
country right here in San Diego: San
Ysidro and Otay Mesa. So the border crossing
cards for daily commerce, the longer-term visas for
employment — those are going to continue to be
issued for people who follow the lawful process. The Press: You said, in
2016, Mr. President, that Mexico would pay
for the wall. Do you feel like you’ve
kept that promise? The President: Well,
they’re paying for 27,000 soldiers, as you know. And I am so — we
are all thrilled. You know, Mexico has never
done anything to impede people from pouring into
our country, and now they’re doing
just the opposite. They’ve really
been incredible. I also think it’s good
for Mexico, because they’re breaking
up the cartels. The cartels were
really a problem. If I took 5 percent —
5 percent tariff for six months — that pays
for the entire wall. But at this moment, I
don’t want to do that. But if I charged a 5
percent tariff on Mexico — with all of the cars
and everything else that comes through in commerce
— for six months, that would fully
pay for the wall. At this moment, I don’t
want to do that because I’m really happy with
what Mexico is doing. Now, Mexico is doing this
because they don’t want to be tariffed. So you can figure that
out any way you want. But if I wanted to, for a
six-month period, charge only 5 percent, that
would pay for the wall and you would have
money left over. The Press: Is that
something that’s still on — I mean, you say you
don’t want to do that right now, but is it
still on the table? The President: If Mexico
stopped helping us, that would be immediately
on the table. And that would more
than pay for it. That would pay for the
wall many times over, because it would be for,
certainly, a lot longer. But we don’t want to do
that now because they have been fantastic. Mexico has never done
anything to impede the people from coming in. And now they’re doing
yeoman’s work — yeoman’s work. Twenty-seven thousand
soldiers on today. Yes? The Press: Mr. President,
there has been a great deal of turmoil at the
Department of Homeland Secretary the last
several months. The President: I don’t
think there has. The Press: Pretty much
every person — The President: Yeah. The Press: — leading
that agency is in an acting capacity. Are you going to be — The
President: Well, being fired, because they
weren’t doing jobs. And some of them were
there for a long time. The Press: When will
you make permanent appointments there
— nominations? The President: Yeah, I’m
very happy, I can say. I haven’t announced it
yet, but I’m very happy with many of the
people there. And we’ll be announcing
things in the future. I mean, there were many
people that were there for a long period of time, and
I wasn’t happy with the job they were doing. And who could be happy? They were there
for many years. They weren’t
doing their job. And we’ve made some
incredible replacements. And, yeah, I’ll be
announcing permanents in the — pretty soon. The Press: But should the
American people expect — The President: I like —
you know that — you know, Phil, I like — I like
having non-permanent, to a certain extent. It gives me more
flexibility. I like having acting. I like the word
“acting,” because it gives me great flexibility. But at a certain period
of time, we’ll be making permanent positons. The Press: Is it not
unfair for the American people to expect some
stability now — The President: No, I think we
have tremendous stability. The Press: — in that
agency, especially if there’s a national
emergency going on? The President: I think we
have tremendous — I mean, that’s the way you write. But I think we have
tremendous stability. I think we’ve never had
a border — when this is completed, there won’t be
a border anywhere that’s a border like this. And a big beneficiary,
frankly, is going to be Mexico. And one of the things
that is happening, and I’ve heard it from the
top echelons on Mexico, is they’re breaking
up the cartels. The cartels have
been disaster. And that’s a good thing
for Mexico because they have their own problems. No, we have acting people. And the reason they’re
acting is because I’m seeing how I like them. And I’m liking a lot of
them very, very much. We also have people that
I’ve let go that have been here for many, many years
and have done a bad job and I let them go. And if you call that
turmoil — I don’t call it terminal — I
really — I really don’t say that’s turmoil. I say that’s being smart. And that’s what we do. And the structure that you
see — I wanted to have you here, because
nobody would believe this unless they see it. I hope you’re impressed. But nobody would
believe it. This is top of the line. And I went to the General
— General Semonite. I said, “General,
can we do a less expensive version?” He said, “Yes, sir, but it
won’t be good like this.” He said, “This is
something that you can’t cut through. You can’t use
welders to cut it. You can’t cut it down. It’s the real deal.”
And we can do a less expensive, but it won’t be
— it won’t be like this. And I think you see that. The Press: (Inaudible)
from San Diego. We really appreciate it. We are dealing — The President: Made a
big difference, right? The Press: We are dealing
with the homeless issue as well, and you said — The President: Well,
that’s a different issue. And I’ll be talking
about that soon. But you do have
a homeless issue. And in the case of San
Diego, the mayor is doing the right thing. He’s doing a good job. In the case of Los
Angeles, it’s a disaster. In the case of — if you
look at San Francisco, it’s a total disaster
what’s happening, where they’re going to
ruin those cities. And I — we’re going to
get involved very soon on a federal basis if they
don’t clean up their act. One of the things we’re
very upset about and angry about is we’re paying
a lot of money to Los Angeles to build the
subway system — billions and billions of dollars. And yet, you have tents
all over the place. And you have — you really
have a sanitary condition, because this water is
rushing into the ocean and this is supposed
to be storm water. It’s not supposed
to be sewage. And it’s turning
out to be sewage. And if these Democrat,
liberal politicians don’t straighten it out, the
federal government will have to come in. We’re not going to lose
cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and others
that are great cities. We’re not going to
allow that to happen to our cities. And we also want to take
care of the people. And I’ll even put
the people first. Let’s say we’re going
to take care of people. But they shouldn’t be
living like that and it’s destroying the city. And they’re
being destroyed. They’re being
further destroyed. But that’s for
a different day. It’s going to be
very soon though. We’re going — we’re
working on that right now. It’s a very good question. Okay? The Press: Mr. President,
all told, how much is this border wall costing
the United States? And where is that
money coming from? The President: So
it’s coming from various sources. We’ve had tremendous
Supreme Court victories over the last short period
of time — you’ve all reported on them —
and it’s allowing us to do the proper job. And it’s also allowing
us to work with the Army Corps of Engineers, where
we have very talented people, like the General,
who are getting it done. You may want to comment
on this section. How is this being
paid for, General, as an example? General Semonite: This was
through regular, normal congressional
appropriations. Part of this was in FY17. Part was in FY18. But it came through
CBP appropriations. The Press: And what about
the (inaudible), because the drugs are just — The President: I’ll give
you an example: You know, they tried to
stymie us by saying $1.6 billion, but
only for renovation. Well, if they have a
little 8-foot wall, 7-foot wall, or 10-foot wall
that’s like, you know — they just pull down the
panel and they walk across. And if we rip that down, I
guess you could say that’s renovation. So, you know, we’ve used
some of this (inaudible). Some of this comes right
out of the budget. Much of the wall comes
out of the budget. But if we have even a
small piece of steel going around, that’s called
a “renovation,” because we take the piece
of steel out, we put up a 30-foot wall. And so, in many ways,
that works very much to our advantage. The Press: Did you expect
to have more of this done when you were talking
about it in 2016? The President: No, I think
that — I’ve always heard 500 miles. That was always like a
— you know, a number, because, you know, you
look behind and you see, even here, we’re going up
the side of the mountain. But in some
cases, you can’t. It’s very, very
hard to traverse. In some cases, you have
areas that nobody is going to even get near. So the number I
heard was 500. What we’re going to do is
we’re going to stop at anywhere from 400 to 500
and we’re going to see where else we may
need something. And we can add
pieces to that. But you really won’t
know until you stop, because you’re going
to have tread paths. It’s like, you know —
where are they going to go? Where are they
going to walk? So we’re going to get up
to about 400 and then we’re going to look and
see whether or not we have to go much more
than 470, 5-, 500. It could be, at maximum,
I would say, 550. So we might add another
50, but we won’t know that until it’s complete. The Press: Does that mean
you don’t think you need a wall along the entire
U.S.-Mexican border? The President: Well, you
couldn’t even do it, because in some cases
you have rapidly moving rivers, which are, in many
ways, more effective than a wall. In some cases, you have
mountains and they’re very dangerous mountains,
which, in many cases, are more effective. So you wouldn’t need that. You have a little bit less
than 2,000 miles, and you have 500 miles where it’s
really space where people can come through. And you may have a little
bit extra, but about three quarters of it is covered
by natural terrain, where the terrain doesn’t allow
people to get through. The Press: Mr. President,
you said earlier that you wanted the wall to be
painted black — The President: Yeah. The Press: — and have
the spikes at the top. The President: I do. The Press: Why did you — The President: I do. The Press: —
go against that? The President: The General
feels that we’re better off letting it be a
natural rust, letting it be the way it is. We’ll make a determination
as to painting it later. This will be a good
strong rust color. And we’ll see. We’ll make that —
it’s not a big deal. The black attracts more
heat, even than this color. But this is your natural
steel and I think we’re going to see how
it works out. We can paint at it at a
later date if we decide to do it. General Semonite: I think
the real — the real issue though is that — and it
goes back to economics. And so when you are able
to use that money to be able to get more miles,
therefore you’re able to resist the threat better. The President: It’s not a
huge amount of money, but it’s enough to build
many — you know, quite a few more miles. And I think we
want to do that. And we can paint
it at any time. We can paint it later on. Okay? The Press: Can we just ask
you again quickly about Iran, Mr. President? The President: Yeah. The Press: About — do we
— should we expect to see military strikes
coming soon? And John Bolton apparently
was critical of you today — both your policies on
Iran and on the Taliban. The President: Well, I was
critical of John Bolton for getting us involved
with a lot of other people in the Middle East. We’ve spent seven and a
half trillion dollars in the Middle East. And you ought to ask a
lot of people about that. We are doing it
the right way. We’re doing it
the smart way. It’s very easy to go in. We could go in
in one instant. Just one phone call,
we could go in. And we’ll see — and
that might happen. That might happen. But we will — we will
see what we will see. John was not able to work
with anybody and a lot of people disagreed
with his ideas. And a lot of people were
very critical that I brought him on in the
first place, because of the fact that he was so
in favor of going into the Middle East. And he got stuck
in quicksand. We became policemen
for the Middle East and it’s ridiculous. So — and I’ve
always felt that. I always felt it. From day one, I felt it. Even though I wasn’t in
government, I felt it. But I think that you will
see what happens and we’ll see what happens. The Press: He also said,
on your North Korea policy, that negotiations
with the North Koreans were doomed to
failure, today. The President: Well,
it’s easy to say that. He may be — he may be
right and he may be wrong. I mean, he — let’s
see what happens. Only time will tell. In the meantime, for three
years, there’s been no nuclear testing. We’ve gotten our
hostages back. We’ve gotten our great
soldiers back who were killed — many of them. And many more
are coming back. We have many
more coming back. And the families of those
— we call them “our heroes.” And they
were our heroes. And they’re coming back. And the relationship
is good. So I think that’s better
than somebody that goes around saying we want to
use the Libyan model. He said the
“Libyan model.” That set us back very
badly when he said that. So I think John really
should take a look at how badly they’ve done in
the past and maybe a new method would be very good. Now, with all of that
being said — may be a very powerful attack. We’ve never had a military
as strong as our military right now because
of what we’ve done. And when I first came
into this position, our military was in very,
very depleted, sad shape. The Press: And you
mean a powerful attack against
whom, sir? The President: I’m
not saying anything. I’m saying there may be
a very powerful one, and maybe it won’t
be necessary. We’ll see. The Press: With
regard to Iran? The President: But I will
tell you, guys like Bolton and others wanted to go
into Iraq, and that didn’t work out too
well, all right? That didn’t work
out too well. That was a horrible idea. It was — And I
put him in anyway. And, frankly, everybody
knows: If you move wrong, he wants to — you know,
he doesn’t realize that you get stuck. You get stuck. And they got stuck. And I’m unsticking it. Okay? I’m unsticking it. And we’re doing
a great job. North Korea — we’ll
see what happens. And, frankly, in the
Middle East, we’ll see what happens. It’s very fluid. A lot of things
can happen. Rough things and not
such rough things. The Press: Mr. President,
how about the Fed? Did you see — The President: And,
by the way: very, very easy to go in. One phone call
— we go in. That’s a very easy thing. And it doesn’t
have to be today. It can be tomorrow, and it
can be in two weeks from now. You understand. The Press: Mr.
President, the Fed cut the rate today. Your reaction on Twitter
was not favorable. The President: Well,
I think it’s fine. I think that, frankly,
they should have acted faster. They raised far too
quickly and they lowered too soon. And you look at Germany,
where they’re actually getting paid money
to loan money. They get paid
to loan money. Japan gets paid
to loan money. And we’re a much better
credit than anybody — anybody in the world. We’re a much
better credit. And because of our
Fed, we’re actually paying interest. So I’m not a fan. We have no inflation. We have an
unbelievable economy. And we have no inflation. That’s a very
big thing, Peter. So, he just did this
a little while ago. Some people thought he
might do 50, instead of 25. He did 25. I figured he’d
probably do 25. He — I think that they
made some mistakes. And the mistake was
he raised too fast and he lowered too slow. But, despite that, we
have a great economy. We have the greatest
economy in the world. We’re doing really well. Our businesses are
doing very well. And regardless — but I
thought it would give us an advantage. When other countries are
doing it and we’re not doing it, it becomes
a little bit tougher, competitive-wise. But we’re so much better
than everybody else, it really doesn’t matter. I want to just
thank everybody. This is — I hope you
folks see the level of talent that’s involved
here, the level of quality that’s involved here. If you came back here in
two months, you would see this would be a paved
road, right through the middle. And you’ll have Border
Patrol all over the place. But they’re not going to
have to work too hard because nobody is
getting over the wall. And if they get over the
first one, they sure — they’re not getting
over the second one. And, I think, most
importantly, I want to thank you folks. Great job. Really great job. Participant: Mr.
President, there is a tradition here on the
border that anyone who works on the wall
signs the wall for us. Would you be — The President: Sign it. Participant: Would you
do that for us today? The President:
I’ll sign it. Let’s go. I’m going to sign it. Thank you very much. See you back on the plane. Maybe we’ll speak
on the plane.

Comments (100)

  1. Just curious but is “Mexico still paying for the wall” or was that just another lie to add to his heaping pile of lies.


  3. #KeepAmericaGreat #Trump2020

  4. I like people who do what they say. God bless Donald Trump!

  5. why dont we just buy mexico and improve life in mexico….just an idea folks…..

  6. Damm to bad we have planes 😂

  7. What if the Immegrants has a Helicopter?

  8. Remember what you can learn from Central European walls.

    ♥️ 🇺🇸 TRUMP 2020 🇺🇸 ♥️

  10. Thank you Donald Twurp for sparking the sale of 35ft ladders

  11. 9:27 Hahahaha dumb mother fucker

  12. Yay wall fuck those Mexicans

  13. Does the wall get hot in the night as well?!

  14. 3:25. My favorite part where they talk about how fast the wall is going up. "We're putting up 270 panels a day. We've got over 44,000 panels that are already built. [On September 19, 2019], 66 miles have been completed. There's 251 miles that are under contract that are going in the ground right now. There's 163 miles that are under contract that will go in the ground in the next 90 days."

  15. Thank you Mr. Precedent! It is wonderful to have a president who do what he says. Love you President Trump. We can give Israel $190 million dollars to build a wall to protect their people and country. But because of those moron Demo rats especially Pelosi and her hope to destroy America. We have a one Government two system country. I pray one day America will do away with those so called Democrats. Thanks President Trump Dr. King would be proud.

  16. Build it high.

  17. Thank you Mr. President and all those working so hard to make Our country safe again. Never forget Kate, Molly, Our Angel Mom's.

  18. Tom Homan is a true patriot and someone you could count on 100%, Mr. President. He'd make an excellent Homeland Security Secretary and would get the job done. Kevin McAleenan proves, again, he's NOT trustworthy.

    ★Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Declares White Nationalists The New Terror Threat ~ 9/24/19 ~

    ★Exclusive: McAleenan Protecting Kirstjen Nielsen's DHS 'Swamp' Culture ~ 5/22/19


  20. Is this what I feel, American Pride? 🙂

  21. I am adevens for that .

  22. Pupil Mr Busck MEMO thanks Deved Deved thanks

  23. Take me with my recpect my family please. .frim French. Or Russia. Order. Wetness protection. CIS . I am here.

  24. Build a northern wall too, lot more of you fuckers are invading Canada too.
    Democrat, Republican, we don't have shithole parties like yours.
    Our man Joey Truedope wears his blackface proudly, he doesn't hide it like trump.

  25. I am a mexican so FUCK you

  26. Thank you President Trump. Great idea getting the military involved. The General there will put up a real defensive perimeter.

  27. I've talked to perhaps 15 military persons. They are all delighted that they are now directly involved with securing our border. They'd rather stop terrorists and criminals there at the border than have to hunt them dwn.

  28. Your hotel building experience shows, Mr President. Great job. If our do nothing congress would cooperate, you'd have this done. We'd also be saving a future 50 billion a year in welfare payments to illegal alien anchor babies.

  29. Mr. President, this is why the sanctuary socialist party is pulling the new set ups against you. You are keeping out people they want to count as citizens in the coming census. They want to sue them for more electoral votes and congressional seats to turn our wonderful country into a socialist armpit.

  30. Mr. President, and General. Could we get some active defense systems on this ? Remote control pepper guns and such ? Something to get them off the wall and to stop digging ?

  31. Good idea to instal conduits and such for future additions. It's ok to get excited and slip a bit there , Sir.

  32. That 30 foot height keeps the old and pregnant from trying to climb. They won't drop as many babies from the top either.

  33. That's a great idea. Heat absorbing features. Harder to climb wearing oven mits.

  34. The Border patrol man is really passing on the truth. He's happy, and his coworkers are happy. Don't need any long, expensive sanctuary socialist party studies. We already have experts on the ground. That boss lady really knows her stuff.

  35. We shold send some food and beer down for the Mexican border troops. The ones that are not corrupt, appreciate stuff like that. Just like american workers.

  36. We need to get on Ecuador next. They are the entry point for flights from asia and africa now.

  37. We need to bring back the old work farms. Administered by Departments of mental health, but at less intese and expensive levels. Get these drunks, drug addicts , and insane people off the street. Put them to work, earning their food, and learning how to get up and go to work. Get them sober and teach them how to earn a living.

  38. Other "politicians" give words, President Trump gives action. The only thing that the Democrat party did was obstruct, I guess that they still haven't learned how committed Trump was.

  39. Us brown people are coming in. Were gonna be the majority soon and were not learning English. 😂😂😂😂 fuck white America

  40. Beautimous! It essentially being a fence of very tall stakes makes it so that surveillance of the integrity of the barrier is much more efficient as long distance cameras can see along much longer sections than if having to be perched on top of a solid barrier wall. Geneous.

  41. Thank you president Trump 🙏






  47. This is the shit the news doesn’t show.

  48. Que gran muro :v
    Bueno a empacar para ir a rusia ":v

  49. You gotta admit, whether you hate him or love him, the guy kept his promise about building the wall. That earns my respect especially as a politician.

  50. hey guys this is no proper wall that's just a poxy fence.for 30 years there was a proper wall between east and west germany; with all the following features:30 feet electric fence,100feet wide mine field, motor vehicle barrier trench, motion guided automatic machine guns, search dog patrol path and sentinel tower every 300 jards.he should hire the ingeneers who designed that, some might be still alive.check it out: it was called the anti facist rampart… trump could call it the anti-taco rampart!








  58. Please elect this man again America. Please do it

  59. Some professionals told The Daily Beast last month that the claim was "preposterous." Jesse Grupper, a gold medalist in this year's USA Climbing Sport & Speed Open National Championships, said he "never heard of any climbers ever being recruited to try and climb a border wall."
    Weber wrote in the post announcing his competition that "no one in our climbing community knows any of these 20 mountaineers."

  60. Are these legit trump lovers if you check the comment section people saying best president

  61. impressed technology. Got to visit it and try over one day 😉

  62. A President, who is keeping his word!

  63. Humans almost stand the tallest on this planet. But for certain are without a doubt the most idiotic of all creatures on this Earth.






  69. That wall looks so cool jeez

  70. Are those solar panels for adding a "Electric Fence" to the WALL?

  71. What a great presedent

  72. I aint voting for trump again he dint get any of the mexicans out and he sucks up to Russia to much for ma liking


  74. Get a real photographer with the camera. Great Job Keep it up

  75. I was told my tax money is being used to build a wall, but what am seeing is a fence, can someone clarify? Thanks.


  77. τραμ δεν είμαστε μαλακές καταστρέφετε την Ελλάδα παλιοκοπριες έτσι κ ρθω εκεί θα σε ξεσκίσω παλιοπουτανα τραμ η Ελλάδα δε σας χρωστάει τίποτα. εσείς πρέπει να αποζημιοσετε την Ελλάδα αυτό θα σας κοστίσει Πόλα χρήματα ακούς κοπρια τραμ πλανηταρχης της πουτσιας είσαι

  78. Keep up the good work Mr president !

  79. trust me that the trump WALL does not work and nothing more than a tourist attraction. u must believe in me because i am chinese Although i am not from born in CHINA and we chinese know many thing about WALL, …it doesn't work at all


  81. Great Wall of America. ❤

  82. Thanks to God for this great president with brains and balls : Trump for 8 years !

  83. Absolutely beautiful. God bless you President Trump and everyone involved!

  84. Brilliant. Long overdue for US to have proper border security and putting the sensors and technology in it very smart, to respond and apprehend rapidly any breach attempts. This wall will save thousands of lives, reduce 100's of billions in law enforcement on illegals and drug problems, making towns and cities safer, communities and families across America. It's a very good investment and will pay off. If Democrats can't see that, it's unfortunate.

  85. President Trump is just amazing. He accomplishes so much while being attacked from all sides and keeps on truckin. To think of what he’s going to accomplish in his second term. Can’t wait.

  86. You can still smuggle drugs through that wall. And also dogs can fit through the panels as well as very skinny people.

  87. With differences of economy's in country's, there will be always a wall needed. If Mexico could only create the same wealth as Amerika. But that is the choice of Mexican administration. But mr. President Trump is President of the USA, not of Mexico. THEY'RE choice….and peoples are always go to freedom, wealth, oportunity's, healthcare, food created by OTHER peoples, the American taxpayers. Nobody can lift for free…
    So the walls are also been build in Israel for another reason but working FINE. More walls will come also in Europe, very necessary…..unfortunate. Well done mr. President…..well done….and i realize Mexico IS really indirect really paying for the wall but the dems don't understand economics, no use to explain this to them.

  88. Mexico paying for the wall: no drugs or less drugs coming in, no USA money or less money is getting out.
    This money will now more be spend IN America, bringing more consumption, more tax.
    And there is more safety, less work for justice, police, less crime to solve, less jails needed, less taxmoney needed.
    And peoples come in legally they start to live in the USA, spend they're money on family in Mexico but they now consume also themselves IN America, rent a house, buy food and clothes, a car. So the benefits for the taxpayers will be huge, the illegal criminal income from Mexico will drop. Also less "free" healthcare needed. And the damage done by criminals is not there anymore like harrasment, rape, burglary, shootings, drug abuse, gangster not there anymore……Waitinglists hospitals are dropping, more American peoples can be treated. And much more benefits.
    Yes……..they are paying all right…..

  89. What tthe military is concerned, SMART President….He want peace, but the peace never with war but peace through strength.
    I don't understand the media does not understand…….EVERYBODY understand no one have a strong army to fight, but just NOT to have to fight.,..

  90. Thank you President Trump! He is the ONE president placed by God for this time. Do you want proof look at all of the resistance! He does truly love his country.

  91. Congratulations Mr. President Donald J. Trump for the respectful care of honorable who has tirelessly dedicated our Sovereignty. Certainly, our intention is to protect American citizens and citizens who want to lead a dignified and lawful life in the USA. #TrumpUSAPureCare. Thanks from Dr. Alcir Vogel.




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