In a silly bit of grandstanding, Putin’s Bitch basically shut down a meeting with the Mexican President by making a demand to “pay for the wall”. Further straining, if not destroying relations with our neighbors to the South. And not just Mexico. From the Mérida Initiative, which battles corruption drive by Drug Cartels, cooperation in denying entry of foreign terrorists across the US’s longest border, the existence of billions of dollars of factories in Mexico, oil and gas, and importation of agricultural product.
One has to wonder exactly how long the Chump’s support would last if the Mexican Government Nationalized all US assets and businesses in the country.
- Mexico was the United States’ 2nd largest goods export market in 2015.
- U.S. goods exports to Mexico in 2015 were $236 billion, down 1.6% ($3.9 billion) from 2014 but up 97% from 2005. U.S. exports to Mexico are up 468% from 1993 (pre-NAFTA). U.S. exports to Mexico account for 15.7% of overall U.S. exports in 2015.
- Mexico is currently our 3rd largest goods trading partner with $531 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $236 billion; goods imports totaled $295 billion. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mexico was $58 billion in 2015.
Looks like our psychotic illegitimate Chumph is playing Russian Roulette with America, with five bullets loaded in his six shooter… again. Instead of the other way around.
President Trump said he may want to cancel next week’s meeting with the president of Mexico after his Mexican counterpart again said he was not paying for any border wall.
In one of his more remarkable flights of fancy, President Trump declared on Wednesday that his border wall and crackdown on undocumented immigrants would actually improve relations with Mexico, to which Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, declared, “No Mas.”
Translation: “Mexico offers and demands respect, as the fully sovereign nation that we are.” Further translation, we aren’t paying for your wall.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed that Mexico would finance construction of the wall, even as Mr. Peña Nieto and other top Mexican officials have insisted they would do no such thing.
The feud escalated on Wednesday, after Mr. Trump signed an executive order to begin immediate work on the barrier, on the same day that Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s foreign minister, was in Washington to begin talks to prepare for next week’s meeting between the two presidents at the White House.
A 75-mile hole in the wall
There’s a slight problem with President Trump’s Great Wall with Mexico: the Tohono O’odham Nation.
The Native American tribe controls about 75 miles of U.S.-Mexican border that slices through its sovereign territory, and tribal leaders are already saying that wall is not going to divide its territory.
Tohono O’odham Nation Vice Chairman Verlon Jose was not subtle when he spoke to Native News Online: “Over my dead body.”
Tribal officials did say they are willing to meet with President Trump to discuss the matter further. As Mr. Jose said:
“I don’t wish to die, but I do wish to work together with people so we can truly protect the homeland of this place they call the United States of America. Not only for our people but for the American people.”