Trump Suggested Shooting Immigrants in the Legs, According to the NYT

Rebekah Sager
October 02, 2019 - 7:55 am



According to the New York Times, during a meeting in the Oval Office last March, President Trump suggested closing the entire U.S.-Mexico border. 

White House aides were left to explain to the president that the move could potentially leave tourists and students stranded and launch an economic nightmare. 

The Times writes that Trump had additional ideas for curbing the immigrants coming into the country, and they included: a water-filled trench stocked with snakes or alligators and an electrified wall with spikes able to puncture human flesh. Trump additionally suggested publically that if migrants were to throw rocks at the soldiers, they should be able to retaliate by shooting them legs to slow them down. 

“The president was frustrated and I think he took that moment to hit the reset button,” Thomas D. Homan, who had served as Mr. Trump’s acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Times about that week in March. “The president wanted it to be fixed quickly.”

In Tuesday's article, the Times writes that the story is "based on interviews with more than a dozen White House and administration officials directly involved in the events of that week in March."

The president responded to the Times story Wednesday with the below tweet: