With His Border Threats, Trump Is Weaponizing Trade the Wrong Way

Trucks lined up at the Otay border crossing between Mexico and the United States, Otay, Mexico, April 11, 2019 (DPA photo by Omar Martinez via AP Images).
Trucks lined up at the Otay border crossing between Mexico and the United States, Otay, Mexico, April 11, 2019 (DPA photo by Omar Martinez via AP Images).
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As part of his ongoing tirade against immigration, President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the southern border completely. First, he said he would take action if Mexico doesn’t stop the flow of migrants; later, his demand was Mexico ending drug trafficking. Maybe it is both, though neither is feasible. When there was a hue and cry about the extreme disruption that would ensue from closing the border, Trump retreated, saying he would give the Mexican government a year to meet his demands before taking any action. He also downplayed that threat and raised the specter of imposing a […]

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