In an interview with legendary journalist Bob Woodward, Donald Trump tried AGAIN to explain how he will get Mexico to pay for the wall:
“The reason they’re going to pay and the way they’ll pay is this: we have a trade deficit now with Mexico of $58 billion a year and the wall is going to cost $10 billion a year.”
Apparently, Trump missed the first day of Econ 101 when (1) it was explained that importing goods is not necessarily a bad thing (2) trade involves buying and selling decisions made by uncoerced participants (3) imposing tariffs or restrictions cripples economic activity.
Realizing the non-answer, Woodward pressed on:
Woodward: “But they’re a sovereign nation… how do you get a sovereign nation that says they don’t want to pay to pay?
Trump: (bluster and nonsense)
Woodward: “I’m sorry to press on this, but how would you grab that money? If they say no, would you be willing to go to war to make sure we get the money to pay for this wall?”
Trump: “Trust me, Bob. When I rejuvenate our military, Mexico won’t be playing with us with war, that I can tell you.”
Watch the exchange here:
Reposted with permission from Michael Hausam at HausRules.
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