Mexico was never going to pay for it. Democrats aren’t going to pay for it. But what if we taxed Apollo’s flaming chariot as it travels across the sky?
I like the creative thinking here. I just hope Trump hasn’t convinced himself that Schumer and Pelosi are suddenly going to brighten up about a border wall because “we’ll do some clean-energy sh*t with it” or whatever. He should know better by now.
In the meeting at the White House today with Republican Congressional leaders, President Trump spent some time talking up his latest idea for the border wall. According to 3 people with direct knowledge of the meeting, Trump floated the idea that the wall could be covered in solar panels and the electricity generated used to pay for the cost.
Trump said his vision was a wall 40 feet to 50 feet high and covered with solar panels so they’d be “beautiful structures,” the people said. The President said that most walls you hear about are 14 feet or 15 feet tall but this would be nothing like those walls. Trump told the lawmakers they could talk about the solar-paneled wall as long as they said it was his idea. One person cautioned that the President wasn’t presenting the solar-paneled wall as the definite solution.
“Trump told the lawmakers they could talk about the solar-paneled wall as long as they said it was his idea” is the Trumpiest thing ever. Especially since it wasn’t his idea.
Here’s a quickie video from April about the man who did come up with this idea, a Las Vegas developer who estimates the solar-powered wall would cost about $6 million per mile. Looks a bit like a racetrack grandstand. Exit question via Twitter: If we sell the electricity to Mexico, does that count as them paying for it?