President Trump talks about border wall prototypes after touring border on March 13, 2018, saying he prefers a see-through wall and that it will be 99.5 percent successful.
As expected, President Donald Trump’s tour of his eight border wall prototypes in San Diego was the highlight of his first presidential visit to solid-blue California.
And once it ended, Trump wasted no time to promote his visit, releasing a 40 second video with images of the president walking among the prototypes and talking to border agents.
In Trump fashion, he posted the video on Twitter, about two hours after leaving the site of the prototypes, and even before he was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles for his next event on Tuesday, a fundraiser in Beverly Hills.
“If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country,” Trump wrote in the tweet accompanying the video. “Congress must fund the BORDER WALL & prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country & the people of our country. We must enforce our laws & protect our people! #BuildTheWall”
The video images, which appear to be in chronological order, begin with the arrival of his helicopter at an air field near the border and his transportation to the prototype site. He’s then seen shaking hands and walking among the structures.
The video ends with Trump grinning, two thumbs up, as he’s posing for a picture with border agents and Homeland Security officials.
In all, Trump spent about 40 minutes at the border on Tuesday, his second presidential visit to a border community, but the first time he got to see a border fence up close.
FULL COVERAGE OF TRUMP’S BORDER WALL VISIT:
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President tells military a border wall will be ‘99.5 percent successful’
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President visits prototypes, prefers ‘see-through’ wall
During his tour, he talked about the two features he liked best about the prototypes. The first, see-through features that allow agents to see what’s happening on the other side of the border. The second, tall barriers with anti-climb designs to keep out people, saying “they are like professional mountain climbers.”
Trump’s pursuit of federal funding for a border wall has contrasted with his campaign promise to have Mexico pay for it.
That earlier insistence caused friction between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, forcing them postpone a planned meeting.
Meanwhile, Congress has shown little appetite to take up border wall funding once again after a series of bills to give undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a pathway to citizenship failed in the Senate last month.
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