Donald Trump’s obsession with building a wall at the Mexico-U.S. border and have the Mexican government pay for it may just be his political grave.
First of all, not being a professional politician, his tirades show a greenhorn naïve stance on international diplomacy particularly in a world that since the Berlin Wall came down, has been growing towards closeness, not separation, among nations.
After an in-depth interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post daily newspaper last week, Trump sent him a two-page letter on Sunday outlining his plan to bring Mexico on its knees and pay for the wall he claims must be built to separate the two neighboring nations.
Here’s a summary of his plan of execution:
As of day one as president, as his campaign promises, he would carry out “a sweeping confiscation” of the funds of Mexicans in the U.S. and force them to stop remittances made by illegal aliens from the U.S. to Mexico demanding that anyone wanting to send money, must present a “lawful presence.”
On day two the Mexican government would present a complaint with the State Department that will not proceed.
On day three the Mexican government will pay and he would graciously lift the ban on remittances and allow the money they send to Mexico, $25 billion approximately last year, “to flow into their country year after year.”
That could only be done in a television reality show where Trump continues to thrive on forcing people to submit to his will.
In the real world a move — like the one Trump plans to impose — first of all yes, the first plaintiff would be the Mexican government, which would file a complaint with the State Department, but also with the Organization of American States, the United Nations and why not, even sue the U.S. Trump-led government at The Hague.
This would be just the outside reaction to such a move. Inside the U.S. there would be a massive opposition campaign both legal and illegal. Indeed if Trump is dreaming about riots supporting him, surely he’d get them from every corner of immigrants from all over the world who send their remittances to help their families back home.
Trump has not had the vision of what such a move would mean and in the end the State Department would be busier fencing off diplomatic onslaughts from all over than carrying out its policies of securing borders.
In his two-page outlining of his wall policy Trump leaves it open to preserve the status quo but only “if the Mexican government will contribute $__ billion to the United States to pay for the wall,” then “the Trump administration will not promulgate the final rule, and the regulation will not go into effect.”
But first, the wall.
Fortunately, before he gets to the presidency Donald Trump still has many months to get to his objective which seems to kick the rest of the nations out of the world and make a Fortress America to keep mother earth as its private property.
This latest two-page tirade by Trump must be taken as yet another meaningless campaign tirade as he’s now hearing his top competitor Ted Cruz make strides against his campaign.
Plus the standing prophesy made by Democratic Party presidential candidate and nomination seeker Bernie Sanders will most likely come true, and that was that “Donald Trump will never be president.”
One thing that remains uncertain is how welcome Trump’s anti-Mexico stance is accepted by voters at the end of the day. Definitely in a general election it may not fare well and what “The Donald” is playing nowadays as one of his trump cards, may also just be his demise.
This is not a reality show!