Breitbart: “Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has cancelled his planned visit to the U.S. where he was expected to meet with President Donald J. Trump. The cancellation comes after Mexico’s government denounced Trump’s new border security measures aimed at interfering with the cash flow of the very Mexican cartels believed to have financed the current Mexican president’s campaign.
On Wednesday, Trump signed two executive orders dealing with enforcing current immigration laws and the construction of a border wall. Trump specifically called out Mexican cartels in the executive order. In response to the anti-cartel measures, Peña Nieto took to social media, as Breitbart Texas reported.
Opinion: The issue of another country paying for a US property is not without precedent. According to the Globe and Mail (here) In February 2015, Barack Obama made the Canadian government pay the roughly $250-million (U.S.) needed to build a U.S. Customs plaza on the Michigan side of a new Detroit-Windsor bridge:
“Ottawa will be responsible for financing the entire cost of the $2.1-billion bridge, including access roads on both sides of the Detroit River as well as U.S. border installations, under a deal announced Wednesday.”
Yesterday, Donald Trump made it clear who would pay for the wall. Speaking to the Republican members of Congress in Philadelphia the president said this:
“I’ve said many times that the American people will not pay for the wall, unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless and I want to go a different route.”
Despite progressive pundits crowing that the US will pay for the wall, and they knew it all along, President Trump has many ways to make Mexico pay.
The US trade deficit with Mexico is $60 billion per year: If the US were to charge a border tax of 20%, like virtually every country that the US trades with does, the revenue would pay for the wall in 1.5 years.
Mexico exports 80% of its products to the US amounting to almost $300 billion. President Pena Nieto will have to rethink his position. He needs us a whole lot more than we need him.
Mexico will pay for the wall one way or another.