'Sharks with frickin' laser beams': Trump skewered for moat with alligators scheme along the border
Composite image of President Donald Trump and Dr. Evil as portrayed by Mike Myers in the 1997 movie ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’

President Donald Trump was ridiculed on his favorite social media platform after a bombshell new report that he sought to build a moat with alligators and snakes along the southern border.

“Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh,” The New York Times reported Tuesday. “After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”

The idea had been mocked by President Barack Obama and The Onion before Trump had floated the idea to his staff, which included hen-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller

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