President Trump has once again taken to Twitter to make a statement and, once again, people have some harsh words in response. This time it's a tweet from 45 about his proposed border wall with Mexico, which he believes will curb illegal immigration and the import of drugs from the south.
The border wall, which was part of Trump's campaign platform, is in the news as the president nears the 100th day of his presidency. Though Mexico has adamantly denied that it will pay for a wall, the Trump administration continues to maintain that they will, despite having no concrete plan for how to make that happen. In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said of the wall, “We're going to get paid for it one way or the other."
Upon questioning from Stephanopoulos, Sessions admitted he doesn't expect the government of Mexico to "appropriate money," but insisted the United States has other ways to get money from Mexico. Trump's tweet echoed this noncommittal certainty.
Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
While also taking a dig at Democrats.
The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
But even Republicans are doubtful. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked by Politico whether he thinks Mexico will pay for the wall. “Uh, no,” was his response. Trump's tweet also comes as the threat of a government shutdown on April 29th — his 100th day in office — looms. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mick Mulvaney, the budget director in the Trump White House, recently suggested that if Trump didn’t get the defense spending and border wall, which he also promised would be paid for by Mexico, then the federal payments that cover health insurance for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act would be cut.
However, the funding that Trump has requested — which includes "thirty billion dollars for defense, several billion for more ICE agents and the border wall, as well as eighteen billion dollars in cuts to domestic spending and the ability to withhold federal money from cities that don’t coöperate with immigration officials," per the WSJ — can't pass without some Democratic votes. However, not only are those votes unlikely, but many Republicans — most notably Republicans in border states — are also against Trump's border wall.
It is into this high-stakes political environment that President Trump unleashed his very carefully worded tweet. As it is known to do, Twitter exploded with humorous and scathing reactions.
Isn't this payment model the premise of that movie The 2008 Housing Collapse? https://t.co/7Xs73Eeb2U— Alana Massey (@AlanaMassey) April 23, 2017
Sallie Mae: You got your loan payment?— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) April 23, 2017
Me: Nah, but Mexico will be paying. In some form. At a later date. Eventually.
I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a border wall today https://t.co/sP8c9RUrax— J.M. Berger (@intelwire) April 23, 2017
WH and conservative media want to frame this as Democratic opposition, but there are plenty of Republican members who are opposed too. https://t.co/NnXnyuAjzV— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 23, 2017
Trump: Mexico will pay for the wall— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) April 23, 2017
Trump: no, emails
Hillary: love trumps hate
Trump: I win so as I was saying pic.twitter.com/UrlWZwgCc8
I remember something from college logic/philosophy classes about how the more you qualify a statement the less true it becomes https://t.co/Zr078SrhdT— "Chris" (@movingsideways) April 23, 2017
If you're still falling for this lie, that's on you. https://t.co/h6WYAKNoli— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 23, 2017
It’s just like how the chant always went…— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) April 23, 2017
“Mexico! Eventually! At a later date! In some form!"
Really have to appreciate the syntactical gymnastics here https://t.co/VRbQzmYwZR— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) April 23, 2017
One thing is for sure: all eyes will be on Washington, D.C. come April 29th.
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