A leaked letter showed that Donald Trump wanted to build a trench along the US-Mexico border, but the Pentagon advised this because it would cost too much.
In the letter obtained by CNN, the Pentagon Trump sent a memo in June 2018 against its suggestion to have a moat at the border in an effort to deter illegal crossings.
Mark Esper, then Secretary of the Army, said in his memo to Trump that a trench would cost the US Army Corps of Engineers more than other options being considered.
& # 39; USACE has determined that the construction of an unarmed slot of 30 x 30 & # 39; would be a deterrent, but would take three to five times longer and cost about 20 percent more to install than other available options, & Esper said.
Last month it was claimed that Trump wanted the border channels to be filled with alligators and snakes as an extra deterrent against illegal border crossings.
The Pentagon has reportedly discouraged President Donald Trump's request to build a ditch along the US border with Mexico. Government workers are depicted as they erect part of the wall
Trump later denied the claim in a tweet and said he wasn't that difficult.
& # 39; The press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a canal stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp nails at the top, on our southern border, & # 39; he said in the tweet of October 1.
& # 39; I may be tough for Border Security, but not so hard. & # 39;
Trump also reportedly wanted to paint the wall black so that it would absorb more heat in the summer and make it harder for climbers to scale the metal.
Reports of the design plan at the time showed that Trump wanted an anti-climbing surface tested in practice. He wanted it to contain metal points to look intimidating, reports said.
The letter from Esper, who has since become Minister of Defense, makes no mention of alligators or snakes, but it has reversed the President's idea of building trenches.
"Only about 100 miles from the total border has geological conditions favorable for digging out an unarmed 30" x 30 "trench," Esper said.
In a letter from CNN, the then Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, told Trump that the idea of the trench would be too expensive
& # 39; Although tackling these challenges can somehow be overcome, the total cost of building the ditch – even with the most modern machines – is extremely expensive, and the time it takes to complete it , would probably take much longer than other options developed by USACE. & # 39;
In his letter, Esper made two alternative recommendations for Trump to consider instead of the trench idea, including a steel modular bollard wall and a version of a wall used in US military operations abroad.
It came when the head of Customs and Border Protection told reporters on Thursday that Trump's administration still had not completed the construction of a single mile of new border wall.
& # 39; At the moment, the 78 miles that have been built have been built where an existing form of barrier existed & # 39 ;, said Deputy CBP Chief Mark Morgan.
He said they just started breaking ground in the Rio Grande Valley sector where there is currently no existing border wall structure.
& # 39; We are on our way to get the land we need for 450 miles, & # 39; he said.
Government contractors are building part of the Pentagon-funded border wall in Arizona in September. The head of border protection said on Thursday that the Trump government still had not completed the construction of a new one-mile border wall
This week it turned out that officials will install a series of web cameras to stream live the construction of the Trump border wall.
Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, for the first time in meetings in July suggested the criticism that the president was not delivering on his 2016 election promise.
The wall, which cost $ 10 billion in tax money, would incur various delays and stumbling blocks, including officials who have to buy private property in Texas.
The move to install webcams has received some criticism from the US Army Corps of engineers and US Customs and Border Protection staff, the Washington Post reports.
Sources said the Army Corps told Kushner that contractors don't want rivals to see their building method.
The officials were also worried that the cameras would show US work teams that violate Mexican sovereignty as they enter the country's territory with equipment and vehicles to perform their operations.
& # 39; It is clear that Kushner is so aggressive because the president has asked him about it all the time & # 39 ;, said a senior White House official.
It is not clear how much the 24-hour webcam initiative will cost.