Trump admin demands border wall look pretty on the U.S. side
The Trump administration has asked for contractors to submit plans for that border wall between the United States and Mexico, and among the list of requirements for the designs, it was specified that on the north facing side the wall be “aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment.” Thank god. The biggest concern we all had was that perhaps a giant concrete wall would be an eyesore.
The guidelines also specify that the wall should be 30 feet high, but proposals for walls that are only 18 feet high will be accepted. The wall just has to be unclimbable, even if those devious immigrants have grappling hooks. In addition, the wall needs to be impervious to anyone with a “sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools.”
Wait a minute. I thought Trump already knew how he was going to build the wall and what it would be made out of. What the hell was this?
And this! Remember this?
He said they were going to start on day one. That was quite a few days ago. Trump’s really fallen behind on this one. Plus, it still seems like Mexico is pretty adamant about not paying for that. The entire plan is falling apart. By the way, if Mexico indeed is going to pay for this wall, wouldn’t it be courteous to make is “aesthetically pleasing” on their side, too?
Timetable and payment aside, Trump had previously made several statements about what the wall would be made out of and how high it would be (the highest estimate was around 55 feet) and all of that seems to have gone out the window. Now it’s all just up to the contractors and, should the thing ever actually get built, Trump will just slap his name on it afterwards. So, basically every other Trump building project.
Initial proposals are due by March 29, but I have a strong feeling Rep. Steve King of Iowa has already secured the bid.
Anyway, it’s time once again to remind everyone that there already is some form of wall or fence along the southern U.S. border anywhere one would be necessary and Trump is basically committed to spending billions and billions of dollars on a nonexistent problem.
[h/t Bloomberg | Photo: Getty]