President Donald Trump has a problem. Well, judging from his first few days in office, he has several problems, but, in this particular instance, we’re referring to his refusal to acknowledge the reality of the fact that Mexico is not paying for his border wall.
Throughout his campaign, Trump frequently promised that Mexico would pay for the nearly 2000-mile wall he planned to build along the Mexican border. There’s just one problem with that claim. Mexican officials have repeatedly said that they would not pay for the wall.
In a recent interview with ABC’s David Muir, Trump was asked about the payment plan for the wall. When it was pointed out that the Mexican President has repeatedly said his country would not pay for the wall, Trump gave the following baffling response:
‘He has to say that. I’m just telling you, there will be a payment, it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form.’
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 25, 2017
In short, Trump’s plan is it make the American people pay for a wall that the majority do not want and most experts agree will not work. He will, then, somehow, convince Mexico to pay us back despite their repeated insistence that they are not paying for it. Trump’s ability to blindly ignore reality would be impressive if it weren’t for the fact that he is in charge of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.
We understand that, to a certain type of voter, Trump’s absurd, and absurdly racist, plan to build a wall along the Mexican border would have been very appealing. It’s a simple solution to a complex problem and those will always appeal to some people. However, we were hoping that, since taking office, Trump would start listening to the experts when they tell him that the wall will do nothing but waste about 25 billion dollars.
We’d like to think that the small government Republicans would try and stop this massive federal spending project that crosses multiple states, but, somehow, we doubt they’ll do anything. After all, they’re too busy trying to take healthcare away from 20 million people.
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