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 TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders repeats with NH primary win, but with narrower victory Trump campaign chief relocating to Washington: report Lewandowski decides against Senate bid MORE and David Bossie.

The themes, which were presented by acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request Scaramucci thanks John Kelly for speaking up against Trump Trump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' 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.