Donald Trump floated adding a moat filled with snakes and alligators at the border and shooting border jumpers in the legs as a solution to the influx of illegal immigration coming from the south, it was revealed Tuesday.
During a private March meeting with White House advisers, the president asked for cost estimates on several ideas he had that he felt would stop migrants from illegally crossing into the U.S., more than a dozen White House and administration officials directly involved in the events revealed in a new book.
The book, 'Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration' by New York Times Washington correspondence Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, will be published by Simon & Schuster on October 8, but excerpts were adapted and published on the Times' website Tuesday.
One idea he proposed was shutting down the entire 2,000-mile border the U.S. shares with Mexico by noon the following day.
Donald Trump was revealed to have made even more unattainable proposals at the border in March meetings, including closing the entire 2,000-mile border by noon the next day
One idea, sources reveal, included a snake or alligator-filled moat at the border wall
Another included shooting migrants making a dash for the border in the legs to slow them down
Some of his other more outlandish proposals included a snake or alligator-filled trench at the southern border or electrifying the border wall and adding spikes at the tip that could pierce human flesh so people couldn't climb over it.
Publicly, Trump talked about border patrol agents throwing rocks at migrants, but backed off when staff informed him that it was illegal. But aides recalled that he later brought up the idea of shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down as they made a dash for the U.S. The aides had to inform him that was also against the law.
'The president was frustrated and I think he took that moment to hit the reset button,' Thomas Homan, who had served as Mr. Trump's acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recalled. 'The president wanted it to be fixed quickly.'
Back in May, reports emerged that Trump was micromanaging the border wall construction down to the smallest details, including wanting it to be