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President Obama dismissed Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to pay for a border wall, calling the proposal a “half-baked” idea.
At the daily White House briefing with reporters Tuesday, Obama responded to a question about the Republican front-runner’s plan, stating that he is “getting questions from foreign leaders constantly about some of the wackier suggestions that have been made.”
In a memo to the Washington Post, Trump outlined a plan to force Mexico to make a one-time payment of $5 to $10 billion to construct a 1,000-mile border fence. If Mexico refuses, Trump threatened to freeze funds from undocumented immigrants being sent back to their home country.
The president said the plan would cause “enormous” damage to the Mexican economy, deriding the plan as “impractical.”
“The notion that we’re going to track every Western Union bit of money that’s being sent to Mexico — you know, good luck with that,” he said. “Then we’ve got the issue of the implications for the Mexican economy, which, in turn, if it’s collapsing, actually sends more immigrants north because they can’t find jobs back in Mexico.”
Although Trump’s plan “is just one more example of something that is not thought through and is primarily put forward for political consumption,” Obama said Sen. Ted Cruz’s ideas “in some ways are just as draconian when it comes to immigration.”
Obama emphasized that world leaders are concerned and expect the U.S. to offer serious solutions to issues. He topped his smug-fest with this delusional statement:
“They don’t expect half-baked notions coming out of the White House,” he said. “We can’t afford that.”
Watch the president’s comments in the video below via Politico.
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