Trump, the wall payment and Mexico

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  • Sun, 01/13/2019 - 18:52
  • EFE

Alex Segura Lozano

"Who will pay for the wall?" Asked, at the moment, presidential candidate, Donald Trump in his campaign events. "Mexico!" Responded in unison a restless crowd, who did not doubt the negotiating capacity of the New Yorker to get agreements. All that has changed.

That "art of negotiating," that Trump has so presumed throughout his professional and, now, political career, has not worked with that electoral promise, which ensured that the neighboring country was going to cover the cost of building the frontier fence.

Questioned this week on whether Mexico will pay the wall, Trump argued that "never" has said that the neighboring country would "write a check" to pay for its construction, despite repeated more than 210 times that it would finance border protection of his nation, according to a publication of The Washington Post.

The electoral campaign of Trump described in April 2016 the steps that the candidate at the moment would force Mexico to pay between 5,000 and 10,000 million dollars to finance the wall.

That supposed plan was largely based on threatening to prohibit remittances from Mexicans living in the United States to their families unless the Mexican executive paid a sum for the wall.

"It's an easy decision for Mexico: to make a single payment of between 5,000 and 10,000 million to ensure that 24,000 million continue to flow in their country every year," reflected the campaign note.

The first time the president said it would be Mexico that would take over the cost of the barrier on the edge occurred in June 2015, at a celebration at the Trump Tower, located on Fifth Avenue in New York.

"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I will build it at a very low cost, I will build a great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay," predicted the presidential candidate.

Trump avoided entering into details but repeated that night that Mexico was going to pay for his desired border construction.

As the campaign progressed, he promised that he would find the necessary money for the wall using all kinds of strategies: reducing the trade deficit with Mexico, forcing the Government to pay by blocking bank transfers and visas or increasing visa taxes to Mexican citizens, among others.

Both the former Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), and his successor in office, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, have frontally refused the idea that the wall is financed with money from the Mexican coffers.

Since arriving at the White House, Trump lowered the pace in his references to the barrier payment, although he continued to affirm that Mexico would take over.

In recent weeks, he went a step further and said that "Mexico is paying for the wall."

According to his argument, it is already paying for the wall construction thanks to the money that the US saves through the new T-MEC trade agreement, which has not yet been approved by the US Congress and, therefore, has not entered into force.

So far, none of Trump's promises, threats, or strategies has worked and, now, his unwavering attitude regarding the "need" to build a wall on the southern border of his country has led to a partial closure of the Administration, which initiated last December 22.

After assuming that Mexico will not finance the wall, the president wants to force Congress to include funds for its construction in the budgets, an option that the Democratic caucus does not accept and that has led the country to the longest administrative shutdown in its history.



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