Drone photographs show Trump's border wall being built
Donald Trump always said he would build that wall. And it seems things are starting, though officials fear a backlash the size of last year's Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota. The wall is surely at the top of Trump's controversial proposals, among his healthcare plan, militarized police, increased military spending, ending DACA, instating a refugee ban, rolling back abortion rights...yeah. There's a lot.
The government has committed multiple prototypes to be built, and the best prototype for the wall, like a game show, will be picked by the government. So giant slabs 30 by 30 feet wide and tall are being built on the Mexican border as a trial run for the material to build the wall.
"I will build a great wall -- and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
Well, Mexico's not paying. It's going to cost taxpayers around 21 billion dollars. Plus, he's putting forth a gargantuan $700 billion budget for the military. How exactly is universal healthcare too expensive, again?
Crazy enough, one of the prototypes is also transparent, as Trump mentioned at one of his many speeches - to prevent people getting clocked in the head with drugs fired from the other side.
"One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can't see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what's on the other side of the wall.
"And I'll give you an example: As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don't see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs."
This is all thanks to The Border Security for America Act, which funds $10 billion for the border wall and $5 billion for gates and wall entry points, as well as the hiring of 5,000 more Border Patrol agents.
Trump, meanwhile, has accused Puerto Rico of "throwing our budget out of whack". These prototypes are only the initial phase of the construction of this massive, multi-year, multi-billion-dollar border wall whose efficacy is hotly debated.
In other news, Trump has proposed that we are currently in the "calm before the storm" after a talk with his military leaders. What storm? "We'll see," he said.
It doesn't feel particularly calm. But maybe it's about to get much more turbulent, especially if a war or military engagement appears. All Trump needs now to truly be a destructive force is a war. So far, without a war, he remains a more peaceful President than George W. Bush.
Hopefully there is no war on the horizon.