Trump pitches 'solar wall' for Mexican border

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

In his Iowa speech Wednesday night, Trump also claimed beneficial effects to the economy from actions he has not yet taken.

Mexico may have a problem with violence, but its government says it is not the second most violent country in the world, as US President Donald Trump has claimed on Twitter. Trump keeps insisting that Mexico will pay for the bill, but the Latin American nation's President Enrique Peña Nieto refutes this idea. "The truth is, the people love us", Mr Trump crowed to the Iowa gathering. "We will build the wall". "Lots of sun, lots of heat", Trump said, according to a Bloomberg report.

"Pretty good imagination, right?" he said "Good?"

But a solar wall might help facilitate what would certainly be an interesting compromise between Mr. Trump's supporters - who see a physical barrier as the only way to stop a flow of illegal immigrants and drugs - and unlikely allies like environmental groups and Mexican border town residents. "We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall so it creates energy and pays for itself", he said.

He had also expressed his confidence that Mexico will "eventually" pay for the border wall.

During the rally, he suggested that the idea to install solar panels on the hypothetical wall was originally his, though the green amenity had been included in several companies' bids to plan and construct the wall.

"Think about it, the higher it goes, the more valuable it is".

Hammering home his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again", Mr Trump reprised his key campaign themes: defending American borders, repealing the Obamacare "disaster", promising record tax cuts - and touting "the incredible progress that we have already made". In fact, a treaty signed by Mexico and the U.S. in 1889 prevents any disruption to the flow of the river.

"Setting aside the broader question of whether the wall will even be politically realistic, the notion that it will be covered in solar hardware is entirely far-fetched", he said. The real funding battle will play out starting in October, when 2018 Budget negotiations begin in earnest.

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