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The wall is a joke. It’s going to cost way more than he thinks, he’s not going to get Mexico to put one peso toward the cost,
That is still an eye widener. They'd pay for something that is to their disadvantage?
I believe his theory was that he’d pass taxes or tariffs on goods coming out of Mexico. This still wouldn’t mean the government of Mexico was paying for the wall, only businesses in Mexico doing business with the USA. Further, Mexico would then respond by passing taxes and tariffs on goods or materials coming in from the USA. A multi-billion dollar portion of the economy would grind to a halt. And Trump will find some way to blame Hillary!
The man is a fraud! He was a fraud as a businessman, he’s a fraud as an elected official.
He is setting a hard opening position. We'll see if he can get anything.
What no one wants to say is that the best way to stabilize Mexico would be to make the drug smuggling corridor go away. Either by stopping drug demand, stopping shipments, or some kind of dispensary program for addicts. Flying the stuff up direct, bypassing Mexico. One would need the governments of Colombia, Peru, and maybe Bolivia on board to do this. Also, perhaps, Afghanistan. For the Opium. Another option is to cooperate with those governments to regulate growth of Coca and Poppy crops, buy the refined products, and have them converted for pharmaceutical uses or other scientific uses, or destroyed. Cut out the middleman, and the smuggling networks collapse.
Probably the only way to do it, and political factions in the US would flip. Still, might be the only way to do it, and then there is the fentanyl from China to deal with.