President-elect Donald Trump told the nation during his campaign for the White House that he would build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to help stem the flow of illegal aliens as well as illegal drugs into the United States.
Many – including the president of Mexico – said during the run-up to the U.S. presidency that it would be a cold day in hell before Mexico would pay for any such wall.
Well, ice cream is about to be sold in Hades.
On Wednesday, the Reuters News Agency reported that Mexico is wide open for negotiation when our south-of-the-border neighbor opens talks with the new Trump administration.
Why the one-eighty at the top of Mexico’s pyramid? Because President Trump will be ready to trash the North American Free Trade Agreement if, in renegotiating it, Trump doesn’t get his way on future border security, on migration from below the Rio Grande and on trade.
Trump’s hole card? Deep-sixing NAFTA would all but leave the peso penniless and would surely neuter Mexico’s attraction to foreign investors.
No one has said so, but the proposed border wall and who pays for it logically would be part of the security deal.
Anybody ready to backtrack on their brash assertions about who pays for the impending wall?