Trump ‘Not Joking’ On Federally Funded Border Wall With Solar Panels

President Trump says he remains determined to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border but allows that he has made some adjustments in his vision of what that wall will look like.

Flying on Air Force One with reporters, Trump says he doesn’t see the border wall as a massive concrete barrier spanning 2,000 miles and four states. Instead, the president’s vision is of a “transparent” wall topped with solar panels that may span up to 900 miles of land.

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“No, not joking, no,” Trump told reporters when asked about a wall topped with solar panels. “There is a chance that we can do a solar wall. We have major companies looking at that.”

Trump told reporters that the wall also has to have “transparency” and said that might be achieved with a “steel wall with openings.”

“I’ll give you an example,” Trump said. “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.”

Trump said a shorter wall also may be more feasible.

“It’s a 2,000-mile border, but you don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers,” he said. “You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious. You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing.  So you don’t need that.  But you’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles.”

But Trump appears to have changed his mind on who will pay for the wall, praising earlier in the week a decision of House appropriators to insert $1.6 billion into the annual Homeland Security spending bill.

The bill giving Trump all the federal funds he requested for the wall project is expected to be approved in committee the week of July 17.