President Trump did an about face on Sunday in regards to his supposedly "impenetrable" border wall after hearing that drug smugglers were already cutting through his steel barriers.
Just two days earlier, Trump had bragged about the toughness of his border wall to the crowd at his Mississippi campaign rally, saying:
"You can cut through steel, but you can't through the concrete, and then you can't through the hardened rebar. We've got it all."
"You can cut through steel, but you can't through the concrete, and then you can't through the hardened rebar. We'v… https://t.co/vY6kocU6Cb— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1572659754.0
Unfortunately for Trump, cutting through his multi-billion dollar border wall proved to be much easier than he anticipated.
According to The Washington Post, border security officials revealed on Saturday that drug smugglers had already made quick work of the wall, using $100 cordless reciprocating power saws found at most hardware stores to cut through the bollards—long steel posts filled with concrete that surrounds steel reinforcing bars, or rebar—in a matter of minutes.
Friday night: Trump says you can't cut through the wall. Saturday morning: Washington Post reports that smugglers… https://t.co/yCrhY3aKTw— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan)1572701629.0
When asked about the border breaches on Sunday, Trump claimed not to have heard the news. Instead he changed his tune slight, noting:
"We have a very powerful wall. But no matter how powerful, you can cut through anything."
President Trump on report parts of border wall have been sawed through: "I hadn't heard that. We have a very powerf… https://t.co/V6RtQbRXgi— The Hill (@The Hill)1572781260.0
As a solution, Trump added:
"It's very easily fixed. You put the chunk back in."
This comes in stark contrast to how Trump had touted his wall back in September when he declared it "virtually impenetrable," and the "Rolls-Royce version" of a border wall.
During a tour of a section of the wall that had been built in San Diego, Trump declared:
"If you think you're going to cut it with a blow torch, that doesn't work because you hit concrete, and then if you think you're gonna go through the concrete, that doesn't work because we have very powerful rebar inside."
Unfortunately for Trump, it would appear that he was the only one who wasn't aware of the vulnerability of his wall.
@atrupar Ummm you can definitely cut through both concrete and steel. Anyone whose ever spent time on a constructi… https://t.co/MuS0gXuC6z— PS Annie (@PS Annie)1572702556.0
@atrupar >>You can cut through steel, but you can't through concrete, and you can't through the hardened rebar. Fo… https://t.co/ocOenJfyfa— Tim Marks (@Tim Marks)1572662947.0
@atrupar Donnie, I worked in electronic security installation; you damn sure CAN cut through concrete and rebar.— Literally Three Kobolds in a Trenchcoat (@Literally Three Kobolds in a Trenchcoat)1572660063.0
@thehill With a $100 reciprocating saw? So easy, an uncaged child can do it!— Adele Abrams, Doctor of Jurisprudence (@Adele Abrams, Doctor of Jurisprudence)1572781969.0
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took the opportunity to slam Trump after hearing the news.
Is anyone surprised that all it takes is a $100 saw to breach Trump’s wall? This whole exercise was a stunt and a s… https://t.co/XoL53GDQaJ— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1572879720.0
Which begs the question:
@thehill Then why did we spend $10 billion on something that can be beat by $100?— Machine Pun Kelly (@Machine Pun Kelly)1572782780.0