Trump Backs Down: “I Was Just Kidding About Closing the Border!”
No, he didn’t actually say exactly that.
But I think I got the gist of his blabbering.
President Donald Trump took a step back on Tuesday from his threat to close the U.S. southern border to fight illegal immigration, as pressure mounted from companies worried that a shutdown would cause chaos to supply chains.
Trump threatened on Friday to close the border this week unless Mexico acted. He repeated that threat on Tuesday but said he had not made a decision yet: “We’re going to see what happens over the next few days.”
Closing the border could disrupt millions of legal crossings and billions of dollars in trade. Auto companies have been warning the White House privately that it would lead to the idling of U.S. plants within days because they rely on prompt deliveries of components made in Mexico.
Yes, I remember when Trump was running for President in 2016 with the slogan: “It’s the GDP, stupid!”
With big businesses coming out and demanding that Trump keep the border open, there’s very little chance that he’ll actually bring the ban-hammer down.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest U.S. business lobbying group, has been in contact with the White House to discuss the “very negative economic consequences that would occur across the country,” said Neil Bradley, the group’s top lobbyist, on a call with reporters.
Trump praised efforts by Mexico to hinder illegal immigration from Central America at its own southern border. On Monday, the Mexican government said it would help regulate the flow of migrants.
“I really wanted to close it,” Trump said on Tuesday night at a fundraiser for congressional Republicans.
“I really didn’t want to sign the spending bill. I really didn’t want to sign the second spending bill. I’m really unhappy about the third spending bill. I really wanted to close the border. I…”
For a while, I was under the impression that he was doing his best and fighting the good fight.
But he’s broken now. The fight is all gone out of him.
Trump seems to be putting on a show. A fake fight. He’s got experience in this.
There’s going to be a lot more kayfabe before we hit 2020.
But it will all be hollow.