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Trump Reportedly Suggested Shooting Migrants In The Legs If They Tried Crossing Border

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Trump Reportedly Suggested Shooting Migrants In The Legs If They Tried Crossing Border

Trump Reportedly Suggested Shooting Migrants In The Legs If They Tried Crossing Border

According to The New York Times, President Donald Trump once suggested shooting migrants in the legs and scaring them off from the southern border with snakes or alligators. This reportedly happened back in March when Trump was trying to figure out an enforcement strategy on the southern border.

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His comments were first reported in a book excerpt released by the The New York Times on Tuesday, and it was confirmed by a senior administration official who was in the room at the time, as well as several other sources who were later briefed on the conversation.

In the new book “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration,” by Times reporters Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear, they claim the president talked to aides about building an electrified border wall, as well as a “water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate,” in addition to shooting their legs if they tried to cross over. Sources interviewed by ABC News say Trump’s aides discouraged the idea of shooting unarmed migrants and it was never acted upon. However, Trump remained focused on the idea, bringing it up again in the private Oval Office meeting in March 2019, when the number of undocumented migrants arriving at the border hit 100,000 for that month alone.

Despite that, in a tweet posted on Wednesday, Trump actually denied the allegations about the trench and the electrified fence. Though, he did did not address the idea of shooting migrants.

​”I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough,” he wrote. “The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!” he tweeted, initially misspelling “Moat” as “Moot.” It was later corrected.

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