President Trump denies report about wanting moat with snakes, gators & electric fences

Calls it 'a total lie'
Posted: 3:40 PM, Oct 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-02 15:40:27-04

President Trump has lashed out against reports he wanted a moat on the U.S. border.

He was commenting on excerpts from a book that made the allegation and called it a total lie.

"So these two reporters wrote this book and they said I want a moat with alligators, snakes, electrified fences so people get electrocuted if they so much as touch the fence and spikes on top. Never said it, never thought of it and I actually put out something on social media today that said 'I'm tough on the border but I'm not that tough.' Okay, it was a lie just so you have it. You asked the question. It was a total lie, it was corrupt reporting," President Trump said.

President Trump also again had some harsh words for the media. "The media in this country, not everybody, we have some great reporters, some great journalists, but much of it is corrupt. It's corrupt. You have corrupt media in this country and it truly is the enemy of the people."

The president made the comments in the Oval Office with the president of the Republic of Finland by his side.

Information from NBC NewsChannel was used in this report.