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PHOTO: Steel Slat Border Wall Prototypes Shown to Be Able to Be Breached by a Saw

Oh dear.
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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump inspected border wall prototypes in March 2018, eventually settling on steel bollard fencing, but the results of testing by the Department of Homeland Security in 2017 showed all the prototypes, including the steel slats, were vulnerable to breaching.

A photo of a steel slat prototype exclusively obtained by NBC News proved it could be cut through with a saw. Experts from the Marine Corps were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.

The photograph was not initially included in the internal report and was only released following a Freedom of Information Act Request by KPBS, a public radio station based in San Diego.

The president has maintained that his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is “critical” for national security. Asked about the photograph above, he claimed “that’s a wall designed by previous administrations.” NBC notes that “it is true that previous administrations used this design, the prototype was built during his administration.”

For many, the photo is further indication that the president’s promise of an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful” wall is little more than a vanity project with no practical applications.

The president is flying to Texas today to advocate for the wall’s construction. According to The New York Times, he expressed doubt that doing so would end the government shutdown, which after tomorrow, will be the longest one in our nation’s history.

“It’s not going to change a damn thing, but I’m still doing it,” Trump said.

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