The bollards, or “slats,” as he prefers to call them, should be painted “flat black,” a dark hue that would absorb heat in the summer, making the metal too hot for climbers to scale, Trump has recently told White House aides, Homeland Security officials and military engineers.
And the tips of the bollards should be pointed, not round, the president insists, describing in graphic terms the potential injuries that border crossers might receive. Trump has said the wall’s current blueprints include too many gates — placed at periodic intervals to allow vehicles and people through — and he wants the openings to be smaller.
At a moment when the White House is diverting billions of dollars in military funds to fast-track construction, the president is micromanaging the project down to the smallest design details. But Trump’s frequently shifting instructions and suggestions have left engineers and aides confused, according to current and former administration officials.
It’s like the design project from hell with the crazy client who thinks he knows a lot, except with much higher stakes. (Pardon the pun.) And think for a minute about the man behind the assortment of gaudy, money-losing trashy palaces that dot the globe offering advice on design and let that sink in.
This is the first time in my middle-aged life I’ve seriously thought that our president was completely out of his fucking mind. It’s scary.