Trump told GOP allies he wants to paint existing border structure matte black: report

Trump told GOP allies he wants to paint existing border structure matte black: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE on Monday reportedly told a group of about 20 Republicans close to his administration that he wanted to paint the existing structure along the southern border matte black. 

Trump said he pushed for painting the structure that color as part of an effort to deter illegal immigration, according to Politico. The news outlet, citing multiple people briefed on the meeting, reported that the idea stemmed from Trump's experience as a real estate developer. 

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Trump reportedly told the group that his plan was stymied because it would first require a study of the potential environmental consequences, which he called an example of burdensome government regulations.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

Trump made the remarks at a White House gathering meant to detail the themes of his State of the Union address to some of his closest allies, including former campaign officials Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski says he's under no obligation to speak truthfully to the media Nadler considering holding Lewandowski in contempt Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing MORE and David Bossie.

The themes, which were presented by acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump administration asks Supreme Court to take up challenge to consumer bureau NOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same MORE, included immigration, health care, national security and the rising cost of prescription drugs, according to a handout obtained by Politico. 

The State of the Union comes as Trump continues to demand $5.7 billion for a border wall, which Democrats oppose. The disagreement led to a standoff that resulted in the 35-day partial government shutdown.

Trump signed a continuing resolution to temporarily reopen the government last month. The deal did not include the funding he seeks for a wall but allowed for a bipartisan group of lawmakers to negotiate over border security funding.

Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday that the U.S. would build a "Human Wall if necessary," seeming to reference the Pentagon's move to send nearly 4,000 additional U.S. troops to the southern border to assist Customs and Border Protection. 

Trump is scheduled to give the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Capitol.