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President Donald Trump wants the wall along the Mexican border, which he proposed, to be made of steel with spikes and painted black to make it difficult for immigrants to climb, according to a media report.
Trump recently told White House aide, Homeland Security officials and military engineers that the steel bollard should be painted “flat black”, a dark hue that would absorb heat in the summer, making the metal too hot for climbers to ascend.
Further President Trump insisted that the tips of the bollard should be pointed and not round. He described in graphic terms the potential injuries that border crossers might receive, The Washington Post said in a report on Thursday.
Trump told one group of aides that the metal points would cut the hands of climbers and function as a more effective deterrent.
The President has said the wall's current blueprints include too many gates - placed at periodic intervals to allow vehicles and people through - and he wants the openings to be smaller. At the point in time when the White House is diverting billions of dollars in military funds to fast-track building, the President is micro-managing the project down to the smallest design details, according to current and former administration officials.
But Trump's frequently shifting instructions and suggestions have left engineers and aides confused, they added. Trump has demanded Department of Homeland Security officials come to the White House on short notice to talk about wall construction and on several occasions woke former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss the project in the early morning, The Post quoted the officials as saying.
Trump also has repeatedly summoned the head of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, to impart his views on the barrier's properties, demanding that the structure be physically imposing but also aesthetically pleasing.
The President, who repeatedly promised to force Mexico to pay for his desired border wall, has declared to build 400 miles of new barriers by next year, a goal he reiterated during an immigration speech at the White House on Thursday afternoon.
By Sowmya Sangam