The Wall Street Journal: Trump inspects border wall prototypes, wants one that’s ‘see-through’

SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump Tuesday got a look at the border wall he has touted for nearly three years, inspecting prototypes that he hopes will be a model for hundreds of miles of barrier separating the U.S. from Mexico.

He also escalated his administration’s battle with the state of California, which has repeatedly challenged his immigration policies in court and elsewhere. Trump said longtime Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is doing “a terrible job.” Noting that he owns property in the state, Trump said taxes were double or triple what they should be.

Brown responded to Trump on Twitter: “Thanks for the shout-out… But bridges are still better than walls. And California remains the 6th largest economy in the world and the most prosperous state in America. #Facts.”

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Examining various wall designs, Trump didn’t pick a favorite, and Homeland Security officials say the winning bidder will be chosen through the normal government acquisition process. But the president did complain because six of the eight samples aren’t see-through, which he said would be a problem for the Border Patrol trying to assess activity. “You have to have see-through,” he said. “You have to know what’s on the other side of the wall.” DHS  had directed contractors to build at least half the prototypes out of solid concrete.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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