No need to build entire border wall - Trump

Donald Trump, Mexico
Either way he insists Mexico will pay for the wall. Photo credit: Getty

US President Donald Trump's plan for a border wall with Mexico might not be as long or cost as much to build as he first mooted.

That's because while en route to Paris on Air Force One on Friday (NZ time), he said they won't have to build the wall along the entire 3.2km stretch of the border, according to Buzzfeed.

"It's a [3200km] border, but you don't need [3200km] of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers. You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious," he told reporters.

"You have some areas that are so far away that you don't really have people crossing. So you don't need that."

The controversial commander-in-chief then suggested that only 1400km of the border would need to be built to satisfy its purpose of stopping illegal border crossings and drug trade.

In addition, "The Don" reiterate his plans to place solar panels on the wall that he plans to build, and make it transparent.

"When [drug smugglers] throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don't see them - they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over," he said.

The House of Representatives has also drafted a bill providing USD $1 billion for construction of the wall despite no concrete plans for its existence being in place. 

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