President Trump has reportedly renewed his push to have the border wall painted black.
His reasoning is it will make it too hot for illegal immigrants to touch it.
According to The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump still wants to paint the U.S.-Mexico border wall black to make the barrier look more menacing and hot to the touch during the summer months, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
During a White House meeting in April about the border wall, Trump told senior aide Jared Kushner and others to move forward with plans to paint the wall black and to gather the cost estimates of such a project, according to several administration officials who spoke with the Washington Post.
Government contracting estimates obtained by the Post project that the endeavor would cost at least $500 million.
Trump has pushed for black paint before, but the proposal has been long opposed by border officials and military commanders who believe the black paint would be unnecessarily costly and require too much maintenance in the long-term, according to the Post.
The report also suggests that the black paint would make the wall more frightening in Trump’s view.