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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 02:14 PM

Trump Campaign Literally Demanded Mexico 'Make a One-Time Payment of $5 to $10 Billion' For Wall


by Tommy Christopher | Jan 10th, 2019, 11:38 am

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Trump spoke to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House as he departed for a photo op at the border, and during a long digression about immigration, he accused “the fake news” of claiming that he had promised Mexico would pay for the wall directly.

“When during the campaign I would say Mexico is going to pay for it, obviously I never said this, and I never meant they’re going to write out a check,” Trump said. “I said they’re going to pay for it. They are.”

Trump did promise, in hundreds of speeches, that Mexico would pay for the wall, and that they would do so “gladly” in order to protect their trading relationship with the United States. In those speeches, Trump explicitly framed this as a direct transaction in order to protect Mexico’s access to American markets. There is no burden to prove he said Mexico would “write out a check” because the meaning of Trump’s hundreds of promises was clear.

However, it turns out Trump not only promised Mexico would pay directly, and not only specified the amount of the payment, he also promised the payment would arrive no later than January 23, 2017.

In a position paper that was first sent to The Washington Post, Trump said that funding the wall would be “an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year.”

The paper went on to lay out a detailed timetable of how Trump would compel Mexico to make this payment, down to the day.

“On day 1,” Trump promised to propose a rule that would choke off remittances from undocumented immigrants to their families in Mexico.

“On day 2 Mexico will immediately protest,” the paper says.

And on “day 3,” Trump said he would “tell Mexico that if the Mexican government will contribute the funds needed to the United States to pay for the wall, the Trump Administration will not promulgate the final rule, and the regulation will not go into effect.”

Mexico is currently 717 days late with that payment.

What did happen on day 6 of Trump’s term in office is interesting, though. He issued a threat, via Twitter, that if Mexico refused to pay for the wall, he would cancel a scheduled meeting with then-President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto:






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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 02:15 PM

1. Spread this far and wide

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 02:25 PM

2. Mexico is currently 717 days late with that payment.



We must realize that Trump basically was saying that “Mexico” should not pay $5 to $10 Billion in order to have the honor of him showing up for a meeting. That’s not the oddest part - we really expected them to do it.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 02:46 PM

5. interest and fees added will be HUUUUGE

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 02:26 PM

3. $5-$10 billion wouldn't be anywhere near enough. The wall he envisions would cost

$70-$100 billion.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 02:40 PM

4. The essence of the position paper is basically extortion.

As I read the OP, it says that Trump proposed to block transfers of funds from illegal immigrants to their families and would then permit them to go forward only if Mexico provides funds for the wall. That's extortion, plain and simple. It's exactly what he is doing now--holding the country and government hostage in order to extort funds to pay for the wall. Would that this were more readily understood and discussed.

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