Even though President Donald Trump’s main campaign promise was the border wall, and the promise that Mexico would pay for it, the Defense Department is largely picking up the bill for the wall. After the declared national emergency, the department redirected $3.6 billion from military construction projects, and a further $601 million has been redirected from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture fund. The Pentagon has also had to redirect $2.5 billion from other priorities, and the move came after Congress refused to provide the $13.3 billion that Trump wanted for the wall.
The President announced that the wall would be “virtually impenetrable” on a visit to San Diego last month. However, unfortunately for him, Rick Weber, the co-founder of the Muir Valley rock climbing park in Rogers, Kentucky, took his words as a challenge.
Weber went on to construct his own replica of the wall, and he used the wall’s documented dimensions and structure. He invited climbers attending the “Rocktoberfest” to scale it and test the wall, and several people have already taken on it, including the 8-year-old girl Lucy Hancock.
Hancock was able to scale the wall without any tools, only wearing a belay, a safety device that would catch climbers if they fall.
Lucy’s mother told TIME that the 8-year-old is interested in both climbing and politics, so she found the replica of the wall to be the perfect challenge for her.
President Trump had previously said that 20 world-class mountain climbers have said that the wall design would make it very difficult to climb.
However, Webber and other climbers have told media that they don’t think that this is true, because none of them in the climbing community had heard of these 20 people that had supposedly tried the wall.