After getting humiliated by incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) earlier this week on the issue of Congressional funding for his border wall, President Donald Trump again proclaimed that Mexico will be footing the bill.
Thursday morning, Trump tweeted out this bizarre word salad of idiocy:
I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
What does that even mean? By the money we save on the new trade deal, Mexico is paying for the wall? If that’s so, why does the president keep insisting that Congress allocate billions for construction? As Mediaite notes:
“A few problems: Trump’s wall is not currently being built, the USMCA trade deal is essentially NAFTA with a few tweaks. The idea that NAFTA with a fresh lick of paint is going to fund Trump’s $25 billion border wall is… hard to believe.”
It’s beyond hard to believe. It’s a steaming heap of dung.
The internet quickly responded to Trump, reminding him of some unpleasant facts he neglected to mention:
He is trying to find some rhetorical Rube Goldberg contraption to say that us paying for the wall is really Mexico paying. But I have talked to a dozen administration officials and Hill staffers — and nobody has a clue how this would work since he told this to Pelosi. https://t.co/O8QeEnCNa9
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 13, 2018
Ah yes, who can remember that catchy call and response from every Trump rally?
Trump: what are we going to do?
Crowd: build the wall!
Trump: Who’s going to pay for it?
Crowd: we are, but the costs might be offset by unverifiable savings from mild tweaks to existing trade pacts https://t.co/uvWpTFYlKA
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) December 13, 2018
This is amazing. Trump is claiming that Mexico is paying for a wall that literally does not exist. https://t.co/STan2j3bgM
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) December 13, 2018
Wharton just called. They would like that degree back. https://t.co/tkQFS23il6
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) December 13, 2018
The wall is getting built, and Mexico is paying for it, and also, Democrats are denying me the money I need to build my wall.
Cool story bro https://t.co/sWw4z5OoRa
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 13, 2018
If you get a BOGO on Doritos, it doesn’t mean 7-11 is paying your rent.
— Kae Gregis (@GregisKae) December 13, 2018
— Frizz – The Tariff Woman (@bringonthesong) December 13, 2018
Later today, perhaps Donnie will tell us he’s paid off the national debt by simply moving all those pesky zeros to the front of the total amount due. That’ll show all those doubting Thomas economists!
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