Trump Sticking to Promise to Build Mexican Border Wall
President Donald Trump has just reiterated that he will be building “The Wall,” regardless of how far he has to go to fulfill that promise. Speaking at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona this week, Trump said that, despite opposition from the Democratic Party, he will make good on his promise of building a wall along the Mexican border, even if he has to shut down the government to make it possible.
“Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me if we have to close down our government, we are building that wall,” said Trump.
The Congressional Democrats are against building the border wall. If Congress passes a budget deal that doesn’t include funds for building the wall, the president has the power to veto it. If a budget plan is not approved by the end of the September deadline, the federal government could be forced to shut down, ultimately forcing the two sides to reach a compromise.
While addressing his supporters at the rally, Trump said that he has met with border patrol officials and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel, who tell him it is vital that the government cuts the flow of illegal immigrants into the country. “And we are building a wall on the southern border which is absolutely necessary,” said Trump. He also said that the Democrats are putting the safety of Americans at risk by opposing the wall.
Trump also briefly spoke about another of his promises, that of bringing back American jobs, saying that “so many companies are building now in our country, including the auto companies who are coming back.”
However, the job losses to China and Mexico in the last six months partly refute his claims. In six months under his presidency, we’ve seen two obvious cases in which American jobs were lost, despite Trump’s reassurances. American workers at the Carrier plant in Indiana lost jobs to Mexico, while Ford moved its Ford Focus plant to China, despite promises made to to Trump.
So, while the president may not have fully delivered on his jobs promise, it remains to see whether Trump will actually shut down the government to fulfill his border wall promise.
“President Trump Ranted For 77 Minutes in Phoenix. Here’s What He Said,” TIME, August 23, 2017.