Trump also acknowledged Thursday that "violent and vicious" rivers and natural barriers along the southern border likely mean that the wall will not cover the full stretch, which is almost 2,000 miles.
Homeland Security said the money would pay for 74 miles of construction, 32 miles of wall, 28 miles of levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley, and 14 miles of replacement for secondary fencing near San Diego, the CNN report said.
In other words, if you can't see through that wall - so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what's on the other side of the wall.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), considered a conservative-leaning Democrat, has sided with Trump on various other issues, but on the wall, he has remained staunchly against it.
"Democrats remain strongly opposed to President Trump's taxpayer-funded border wall, which would be unwise, immoral, and very costly", said Caroline Behringer, a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. NOPE. According to Donald Trump, we need this wall to be transparent so people can dodge huge bags of drugs that will inevitably be chucked over the structure.
During the campaign, Trump envisioned a wall across the entire 1,954-mile border with Mexico, but he told reporters that he's been convinced there are several stretches of land that don't need a manmade wall because of natural barriers.
Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees the Border Patrol, is in the midst of evaluating proposals for the border wall, and has sought both concrete and non-concrete designs, specifically looking for versions that would allow visibility.
In June, Trump said his administration wanted to build a wall covered with solar panels "so it creates energy and pays for itself". As he put it, "You have mountains".
"But you'll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles", he said. "You have some areas that are so far away that you don't really have people crossing".
File Photo: A general view shows a newly built section of the U.S. -Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 9, 2016.
Democrats have now struck back at Trump's second attempt to fund the wall through the new homeland bill. You know, we've already started the wall because we're fixing large portions of wall right now.