A 13-foot-tall dump truck hauls excavates debris in front of 18-foot-tall San Diego primary border wall on March 29, 2019. The Corps is supporting the Department of Homeland Security’s request to build additional border wall near San Diego. (Brooks Hubbard IV/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District)

Trump Defends Border Wall Design After Report Smugglers Are Sawing Through It

After years of touting the impenetrability of a border wall, President Donald Trump said Saturday that “you can cut through any wall” as reports surfaced of smugglers sawing through newly erected barriers with readily available power tools.

“We have a very powerful wall. But no matter how powerful, you can cut through anything, in all fairness. But we have a lot of people watching. You know cutting — cutting is one thing, but it’s easily fixed. One of the reasons we did it the way we did it, it’s very easily fixed. You put the chunk back in,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

A Washington Post report published Saturday said smugglers have repeatedly sawed through newly built sections of the wall using a widely available cordless reciprocating saw that costs as little as $100. Gangs are also using makeshift ladders to scale the barriers along the southern border, the Post reported.

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