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President Donald Trump is desperately trying to secure additional funding to carry out his campaign promise of a giant wall at the Southern border.

Reports from the Washington Post say that Trump is planning to divert $7.2 billion in military funds to go toward building the wall.

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One of the central themes of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and a pet project of the presidency of Donald Trump has been his promised border wall.

Originally promised as a wall—definitely not a fence—spanning the entire southern border, 30 feet high and paid for by Mexico, things changed once reality set in.

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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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