President Donald Trump was mocked on Twitter after the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told him it was probably best not to reveal technology being used in newly constructed sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
In a video that is going viral for the wrong reasons, Trump on Wednesday boasted to reporters in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area that the wall is “wired so that we will know if somebody’s trying to break through.”
He then invited Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the Army chief of engineers, to expand on the details.
But Semonite responded: “Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that.”
“OK,” replied Trump. “I like that, that was a great answer. I’ll just tell you, they’re wired.”
Check out the clip here:
Oh my god. Trump starts to discuss apparently sensitive technology deployed at the border. Asks the General in charge to describe the technology.— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) September 18, 2019
The General's response: "Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that." pic.twitter.com/FlSmiNTbLM
Trump later signed his name on a section of the wall, which he described as a “world-class security system.”
The video of Trump blabbing about wall technology garnered plenty of negative reaction online:
The general’s response should be written in sharpie in block letters on a card & clipped into a harmonica holder that the president wears around his neck at all times. https://t.co/rmifAlQpWO— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) September 18, 2019
At least we can now all be certain that the Federal Government is not hiding an alien spaceship in Fort Knox. https://t.co/gP5iju2IHJ— Andrew Thaler (@DrAndrewThaler) September 19, 2019
Wait and see. That guy's gonna be promoted to Head of the NSA! https://t.co/q1SGDKt3R8— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 18, 2019
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