Report: Trump Wanted His Border Wall to Have a Moat With Snakes and Alligators
The New York Times is reporting that President Trump suggested using a water-filled trench filled with snakes and alligators to deter migration from Mexico.
Interviews with more than a dozen White House and administration officials involved in these discussions illustrate Trump's frustration as the US-Mexico border reached a crisis point.
At one point, Trump suggested that, “a complete shutdown of the border," was the only way to stem the tide of refugees coming to the United States, something his aides considered a non-starter.
Every year more than $200 billion of American exports goes across the Mexican border. If the border was closed, the effect on the economy and on large exporters to Mexico, like U.S. farmers and automakers, could have been catastrophic.
White House advisors had to hold Trump off from implementing his ideas as they pushed the Mexican government to increase its apprehensions of migrants.
In an interview this past summer, Trump admitted that he had considered sealing the border between the two nations.