President Donald Trump told supporters at a Montana rally on Saturday that the barbed wire installed this week by active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border was “beautiful.”
Trump then condemned the migrant caravan headed toward the U.S., falsely claiming it was full of “vicious” and “very tough young people” who “hurt Mexican military very badly.”
“Mexico is trying, they are trying but we’re different, we have our military on the border,” he said. “And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. Barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight.”
With the midterms just days away, the Trump administration has made the migrant caravan a campaign issue. Last week it was announced that at least 5,200 active-duty troops would be sent to the border despite the caravan still being more than 700 miles away.
Some Twitter users pointed out that barbed wire historically hasn’t been used for “beautiful” reasons.