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President Donald Trump's pet project—his border wall turned bollard fence—received almost immediate criticism when candidate Trump proposed it during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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President Donald Trump spoke to energy workers at the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Wednesday night.

The rambling speech lasted a little over an hour, with Trump predictably railing against witch hunts and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT). One claim, however, stood out when the President brought up his long-sought wall at the southern border.

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Saguaro cacti have a relatively long lifespan—often exceeding 150-175 years with their first arm sprouting around age 75-100—and can reach 40 feet in height. Thanks to conservation efforts, the once endangered plant native to the Sonoran desert of Arizona and parts of eastern California has gone from endangered to thriving.

Harming or vandalizing a saguaro in any manner is a class four felony and punishable with a possible 3 year, 9 month maximum sentence.

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President Donald Trump visits the US-Mexico border fence in Otay Mesa, California on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

The news broke recently that $6.1 billion of Defense Department funds would be diverted—under the authority of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and made possible through President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency and deployment of military resources—to pay for Trump's border wall project. To show the progress being made with the money originally slated for military construction projects, the White House Twitter account shared a video.

The clip of a single section of bollard fencing being raised was captioned:

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In modern times, the idea of a moat as a defense sounds ridiculous. Fill that moat with snakes and alligators and you have the plot for a James Bond or Austin Powers film.

But that suggestion—a border moat with reptilian deterrents—is precisely what the President of the United States suggested. And not Presidents Martin Van Buren or Millard Fillmore—whose mid 19th century options were decidedly limited.

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President Donald Trump took a trip to visit a portion of the replaced fencing along the United States border with Mexico. The new bollard style fence is going to an area where fencing already existed.

The President also took the opportunity to talk up his border wall to the press.

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President Donald Trump heads back to the Oval Office after attending an event establishing the U.S. Space Command, the sixth national armed service, in the Rose Garden at the White House August 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In another effort to fund his campaign promise of a Mexican financed border wall, President Donald Trump's newly appointed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pulled funds from the Pentagon's construction budget. Federal budget law restricts the movement of appropriated funds within a federal agency and from one agency to another without congressional approval.

However, by declaring a national emergency, President Trump's DoD Secretary can raid military construction projects without asking Congress to approve the budget transfer. $3.6 billion of military construction projects are on the chopping block.

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