UPDATE: Blompf says it is all lies!
Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moat stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019
VERY DISRESPECTFUL! Who hires these people anyway? SAD! pic.twitter.com/9bCwXfngqx— King President Blumpf (@PresidentBlumpf) October 2, 2019
This article actually makes Blompf look somewhat sympathetic.
We elected him in 2016 to do all of these things. He can’t do these things for various reasons … the federal courts, Congress, the conservatives who staffed his administration, the permanent government of bureaucrats, his own incompetence and inability to govern, etc. He’s the most powerful, helpless man in the world struggling to implement his own agenda.
“WASHINGTON — The Oval Office meeting this past March began, as so many had, with President Trump fuming about migrants. But this time he had a solution. As White House advisers listened astonished, he ordered them to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico — by noon the next day.
The advisers feared the president’s edict would trap American tourists in Mexico, strand children at schools on both sides of the border and create an economic meltdown in two countries. Yet they also knew how much the president’s zeal to stop immigration had sent him lurching for solutions, one more extreme than the next.
Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him. …
In the Oval Office that March afternoon, a 30-minute meeting extended to more than two hours as Mr. Trump’s team tried desperately to placate him.
“You are making me look like an idiot!” Mr. Trump shouted, adding in a profanity, as multiple officials in the room described it. “I ran on this. It’s my issue.” …
Mr. Trump had routinely berated Ms. Nielsen as ineffective and, worse — at least in his mind — not tough-looking enough. “Lou Dobbs hates you, Ann Coulter hates you, you’re making me look bad,” Mr. Trump would tell her, referring to the Fox Business Network host and the conservative commentator. …”
Kirstjen Nielsen is obviously the source of this story.
She was one of the people who “tried to restrain him” from within his own administration. “Mad Dog” Jim Mattis was another. Gary Cohn and John Bolton were two others. This is an excerpt from a book called Border Wars which will be published next month.