Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said that he is willing to close the border even if it costs the US jobs.
Trump was asked, “Mr. President, do you worry about the impact on the U.S. Economy by closing the border?
He answered, “Sure, it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy. It’s one of the biggest trade deals in the world we’ve just done with the USMCA. It’s a very big trading partner, but to me trading is very important, the borders are very important, but security is what is most important to me, I have to have security. That’s what this general is all about, to my right. And we’re going to have security in this country. That’s more important than trade. Hey, all you hear me talking about is trade. But let me give you a little secret. Security is more important to me than trade. So we’re going to have a strong border or we’re going to have a closed border, and when we close that border, we will stop hundreds of millions of dollars of drugs from coming in, because tremendous amounts of drugs come through our southern border, that’s one of the benefits. I’m totally prepared to do it. We’re going to see what happens over the next few days.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 2, 2019
Trump is trying to take the US economy hostage
The president is trying to threaten Democrats by promising harm to the US economy unless they give him what he wants on immigration. What Trump doesn’t realize is that if he closes the border, he is going to get the blame. The president lives in a delusion bubble where he believes that he can blame Democrats for his actions and the country will follow him.
He tried it during the government shutdown, and it didn’t work.
It won’t work if he closes the border.
If Trump trashes the US economy by closing the border, he will get the blame, and it will result in another humiliating defeat for this president.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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