President Obama gave a scathing response to Donald Trump’s plan for forcing Mexico to pay for his big beautiful wall along the southern border of the United States.
Trump released his detailed plan for making our neighbors to the south foot the bill for his YUUUUGE wall on Tuesday, and the President was seemingly just waiting for the opportunity to publicly denounce Trump and his wall of hate. He got his chance when a reporter asked him for his thoughts on the plans Trump had made public just hours beforehand.
I’ve been clear earlier that I’m getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made. I do have to emphasize that it’s not just Mr. Trump’s proposals. You’re hearing concerns about Mr. Cruz’s proposals, which, in some ways, are just as draconian when it comes to immigration, for example.
The implications with respect to ending remittances, many of which are from legal immigrants and from individuals sending money back home to their families, are enormous. First of all, they’re impractical. We just talked about the difficulties of trying to enforce huge outflows of capital. The notion we’re going to track every Western Union bit of money that’s being sent to Mexico, good luck with that.
Then we’ve got the issue of the implications for the Mexican economy, which in turn, if it’s collapsing, sends more immigrants north because they can’t find jobs back in Mexico. But this is one more example of something that is not thought through, and is primarily put forward for political consumption. And as I try to emphasize throughout, we’ve got serious problems here.
We’ve got big issues around the world. People expect the president of the United States and the elected officials to treat these problems seriously and put forward policies that have been examined, analyzed, are effective, where unintended consequences are taken into account, and not half-baked notions out of the White House. We can’t afford that.
It is worth noting that Obama doesn’t usually take questions when in the Brady Room as he did today. This was supposed to just be a boring discussion of economics, but Obama decided at the last minute to turn the event into a full-blown press conference. Then, he took questions which he rarely does under these particular circumstances.
The first question was about the Panama Papers. But the second question seemed to be the one he was silently waiting for, allowing him to unleash a tirade at the current frontrunners of the Republican party and their bigoted ideals.
Watch President Obama’s remarks, here:
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