On Wednesday evening, Donald Trump had a chat with the White House press corps on Air Force One as he flew to Paris to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron. During that discussion, he said that his coveted border wall with Mexico must absolutely, positively be see-through.
Here’s what he said, per the White House transcript of the conversation (emphasis mine):
One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can’t see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings [Note: that’s literally exactly what much of the existing border wall already is] but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.
And I’ll give you an example. 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.
Hear that Mexico? Don’t you dare try tossing massive amounts of drugs onto our heads!