Obama responded to questions today about Trump's latest proposal, saying that he is "getting questions constantly" from foreign leaders about the "wackier suggestions that are being made."
“It’s not just Mr. Trump’s proposals," he added. "You are also hearing concerns about Mr. Cruz’s proposals, which in some ways are just as Draconian when it comes to immigration, for example.”
After addressing the incredibly "impractical" portions of the proposal, Obama said this is yet another example of "something that is not thought through and is primarily put forward for political consumption.”
"Good luck with that," he said.
Check out the video from the press conference below:
In a two-page document sent to The Washington Post, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump goes into further details about his plan for building a wall along the Mexican border, an idea that has carried much of his campaign.
Not that it comes as any surprise, but his plan is infused with tactless and ignorant sentiments as he threatens to jeopardize a stream of cash that many economists say is "vital for Mexico’s struggling economy"—further proof that he has no idea what it means to be a politician or a diplomat.
Trump suggests that “On day 1,” the U.S. government should “promulgate a ‘proposed rule’ (regulation) amending 31 CPR 130.121 [a part of the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law] to redefine ‘account’ to include money transfer companies like Western Union, and redefine ‘account’ to include wire transfers,” essentially making it difficult for anyone to send money to their families in Mexico without proof of their “lawful presence.”
Obviously, Trump says that Mexico will object on Day 2, so he will counter with another offer on Day 3—if Mexico makes a one-time payment of $5-10 billion dollars, he will table the “proposed rule.”
He cites that Mexico will want to continue receiving “$24 billion dollars a year in remittances from Mexican nationals working in the United States,” but according to The Washington Post, that statistic actually includes all the money that Mexican citizens from abroad—not just in the United States—send back to their families. The statistic also does not include details as to whether or not those living abroad are illegal aliens or not.
Trump also proposes increasing trade tariffs, stating that “Mexico is engaging in unfair subsidy behavior which we are obligated to respond to; the ‘cost’ of any tariffs will be more than offset by the economic gains of increased production in the United States.”
In probably one of the most unpresidential statements in the whole memo, Trump said that, “Mexico needs access to our markets much more than the reverse, so we have all the leverage,” effectively admitting that he would be more than willing to bully Mexico into paying for this idiotic wall.
He also proposes that the U.S. government should begin cancelling visas because “immigration is a privilege, not a right,” then adds that he could also increase visa fees to pay for the wall.
He concludes that, “We have the moral high ground here, and all the leverage. It is time we use it in order to Make American Great Again.”
“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump writes.
"Donald Trump is again proving just how dangerous he would be for America,” Democratic National Committee Communications Director Luis Miranda said in a statement to The Washington Post. “He has repeatedly shown that he has no knowledge and understanding of how to foster diplomatic relationships, threatens relationships with our key allies and would undermine our economic security both domestically and internationally.”
As he clearly states, these are ways to force Mexico to pay for the wall. Any time that you are going to sacrifice a relationship with a key ally, it should be done for one heck of a good reason—and this wall, which has been widely criticized as one of the most needless and pointless projects in response to terrorism abroad (as they say, build a wall, and ladder sales will go through the roof), Trump is more than willing to bully Mexico into paying for this lunacy.
To find out more about just how ridiculous this proposed wall is, check out John Oliver’s segment discussing just how unfeasible and pointless this idea is:
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