President Trump is serious about a plan to put solar panels on his proposed border wall. There's "a very good chance" panels will be included in the final design and "we have major companies looking at that," Trump told reporters as he flew to France on Wednesday. Business Insider calls it his most detailed public remarks on the wall in months. But there's an added caveat: The wall must be see-through or "have openings because you have to see what's on the other side." Without openings, people on the US side won't see when "they throw the large sacks of drugs over … They hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over," Trump said. Business Insider reports Trump's example isn't an outlandish one, as "cannons" that could potentially launch drugs have been found at the border.
Trump has suggested solar panels would offset the cost of the wall, though the Washington Post notes most electricity generated "would be useless" without costly transmission lines to direct it to more populated parts of the US. Trump also said that while the border measures 2,000 miles, only 700 to 900 miles of wall are needed. Mountains and rivers provide natural barriers, and 600 miles of fencing are already in place and currently undergoing repairs, the Hill reports. Trump suggested Wednesday that the repairs meant he was making good on his promise for a border wall. "We're taking wall that was good but it's in very bad shape, and we're making it new. We're fixing it … so in a true sense, we've already started the wall." The New York Times has Trump's comments in full; he plans to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House "at the right time." (Read more President Trump stories.)