Trump's bright idea: a solar wall at the US-Mexico border

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During the campaigns for the US Presidential polls, Donald Trump had pledged that he would build a "great great wall" to keep what he calls as "criminals", "drug dealers", "illegal immigrants", "drug traffickers", "refugees" out of the country.

In the same 24 hour window that he nearly turned his border wall into something. if not exactly a good idea, then definitely facing in the direction where good ideas come from. when he announced that he planned on making the U.S. -Mexico wall out of solar panels.

The president floated the idea of covering it with solar panels earlier this month in a meeting with congressional leaders.

Trump's tweet was likely referring to what Business Insider has said was a disputed study by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies that named Mexico the second-deadliest conflict zone in the world, behind Syria and ahead of Iraq.

Trump said in Iowa.

An AP Fact Check finds that others promoted the notion of a solar wall back when he was criticizing the cost of solar power.

"We're thinking of something that's unique".

Trump has long maintained that Mexico will pay for his wall, even though Mexico has flatly refused. "We're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat", he said. According to a 2016 report from Public Radio International, citing the latest available data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the two countries with the highest murder rates in the world were Honduras and El Salvador (Mexico didn't crack the top 20). "And that's good, right?" said Donald Trump. More than 200 firms have submitted proposals to build the structure, including Las Vegas's Gleason Partners, which proposes a wall of steel, cement and solar panels. Actually, think about it - the higher it goes, the more valuable it is.

Mexico quickly countered, saying Trump's claim is wrong.

And with a construction price tag estimate ranging anywhere from $8 billion to more than $70 billion to build about 1,800 miles of wall, it would probably be cheaper and more effective to simply invest in a beefed-up border security force.

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