Navy SEALs Fact-Check Fox News Contributor’s Claim They Were Unable to Breach Border Wall Prototypes
On Wednesday, during an episode of Outnumbered, panelist Katie Pavlich made a rather unusual boast. She said that Navy SEALs were unable to even breach several prototypes of President Donald Trump’s border wall.
“The interesting part about that is the special forces operatives and members of our Navy SEAL community were asked to try and breach the wall and they could not do it,” she said during the segment.
Pavlich was likely referring to reports that special forces had tested wall prototypes, finding that their imposing heights should stop border crossers — the notion that our highly trained SEAL operatives could not figure out a way to climb a wall was roundly mocked on Twitter.
So 7 years ago, SEALs modified helicopters for stealth, inserted themselves unannounced under cover of night into the town that hosts Pakistan's military academy, breached a compound to execute Osama bin Laden and now we're meant to believe a wall befuddles them. https://t.co/4N8MFqv3Ns
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) February 28, 2018
Now, the Navy SEALs themselves have responded to Pavlich’s comments regarding the tenacity of the border wall prototypes.
Guess what? They never even tried to breach the prototypes.
A U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command spokesman in Coronado told The San Diego Union-Tribune that no Navy SEALs were involved in the testing of wall prototypes.
In January, members of the military did use “jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices” to try to breach these prototypes and found limited success.
“Only once did a tester manage to land a hook on top of the wall without help,” a source told the AP. “Highly trained testers scaled 16 to 20 feet unassisted but needed help after that.”
It has not been revealed, however, if these testers used military grade equipment and what they mean by “without help.”
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