WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn Tuesday morning, President Donald J. Trump floated the idea of building a wall along the border of Guatemala and Mexico, saying it would be a much cheaper and more feasible option than his current plan to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States.
“When you look at what they’ve got down there – it’s only about five hundred miles of border – and we could very easily put something up there by the end of the year or possibly sooner,” President Trump declared, continuing, “It would be a very short wall but believe me, we’re going to make it very, very high. They won’t even be able to fly – I don’t know if they have planes down in Guatemala – but they won’t be able to fly planes over the wall; that’s how high it will be.”
While President Trump’s assertion that aircraft will not be able to fly over his proposed border wall may seem unlikely, Interior Secretary and renowned geologist Ryan Zinke told Real News Right Now that it is ‘absolutely’ possible. “As a geologist, I can tell you with absolute certainty that rocks – or ‘stones’ as we in the scientific community call them – are hard and very difficult to break,” Secretary Zinke explained. “Take the White House, for example. It’s constructed almost entirely of sandstone and, as a result, airplanes can’t fly over it.”
In addition to being impenetrable by both air and land, a border wall between Guatemala and Mexico would serve to stifle the flow of Central and South American migrants who use Mexico as a transit point on their way to the United States. “I think Mexico would be very happy with the wall,” President Trump told reporters on Tuesday, adding, “In fact, they might even agree to pay for it. Well, maybe not all of it; we’ll have to wait and see what happens but I think they’ll be very pleased with it.”
At an estimated cost of $70 billion, President Trump’s quest to build a two thousand mile-long border wall between the U.S. and Mexico has been met with significant resistance from Democrats. However, the president expressed confidence that Congress would approve the funds required to build a much shorter wall along Mexico’s southern border, saying, “I think they’re going to look at it and they’re going to say, ‘This might be cheaper.’ And frankly it is cheaper. And you know what, they’re going to approve it.”