Trump: Border Wall Will Be Tougher to Climb Than Everest

President says people will have to be 'in extremely good shape to get over this one'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2019 4:16 PM CST
President Donald Trump speaks at the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association Joint Conference in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Trump says the wall he envisions in some places along the southern border would be harder to scale than Mount Everest, the AP reports. Even by Trump standards of exaggeration, that's a huge leap. The estimated height for some proposed barriers runs as high as 30 feet. Mount Everest stands nearly 30,000 feet high. Trump made the claim during a speech Wednesday to a conference of the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association. He says the wall is "very, very on its way" and added, per NBC, "It’s a wall that people aren’t going through very easy. You’d have to be in extremely good shape to get over this one. They would be able to climb Mt. Everest a lot easier, I think." (Trump says he's looking for "land mines" in the border deal.)

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