Trump says his border wall will be harder to climb than Mt. Everest

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchultz won’t say if he will sell all Starbucks shares if he becomes president Sarah Sanders cites El Chapo in push for border security Pence rips Omar’s ‘inadequate’ apology for tweets criticized as anti-Semitic MORE on Wednesday described his long desired border wall as an imposing deterrent against against illegal immigration, suggesting that the structure that will be harder to scale than Mt. Everest once completed.

“I can promise you this: I will never waver from my sacred duty to defend this nation and its people. We will get the job done,” Trump told a joint conference of the Major County Sheriffs and Cities Chiefs Association.

“The wall is very, very on its way,” he continued. “And it’s a big wall. It’s a strong wall, and it’s a wall that people aren’t going through very easily. 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. But it’s happening.”

President Trump: “The wall is very very on its way, it’s happening….it’s a wall people aren’t going through very easily…they would able to climb Mt. Everest a lot easier, I think.” pic.twitter.com/3a36k6zDcW

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Mt. Everest is the world’s highest mountain above sea level at just over 29,000 feet. Hundreds of people have died trying to climb it.

Last October, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen unveiled sections of wall built along the border during the Trump administration that were 30 feet tall.

The president has offered varying descriptions in recent months of his desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He has described it at times as a “wall,” at other times as a “barrier,” and sometimes as steel slats.

Trump’s latest pitch for the effectiveness of a border wall comes as he mulls whether to sign legislation for border security funding brokered by a bipartisan group of congressional negotiators.

The agreement includes $1.375 billion in funding for roughly 55 miles of new barriers along the southern border, and roughly $23 billion in total funds.

The president appears increasingly likely to sign off on the measure to avert another partial government shutdown. Trump’s allies have signaled they expect him to sign off on it and seek money for the wall through other means, namely by taking executive action.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are moving forward with the legislation, suggesting they expect Trump to sign the bill. Trump must sign the legislation by Friday to avert a government shutdown.