Trump's latest threat to shut the southern border could be a disaster for the US economy, but he's just fine with that.
Trump's threat to completely close the southern border with Mexico could wreak havoc on the American economy and cost billions of dollars. But he's OK with that.
"Sure, it's gonna have a negative impact on the economy," Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
That "negative impact" could shut down the entire auto industry in the United States within a week, according to one expert.
The damage would be immediate and economically painful through a sharp spike in consumer prices, according to Fox Business. Produce, such as apples and avocados, and even beer and liquor would be impacted. As Reuters reported, nearly half of all vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit sold in the United States comes from Mexico.
But the threat of endangering trade at the U.S.-Mexico border, which totals roughy $42 billion dollars every month, is thus far not dissuading Trump from his plan.
"I'm totally prepared to do it," Trump said.
"If Mexico doesn't immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug (sic) our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week," Trump said last Friday, using Twitter to conduct foreign policy and kicking off a round of panic.
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of Trump's staunchest allies in Congress, criticized the latest threats. Shutting down the border "would have potentially catastrophic economic impacts on our country," McConnell said on Tuesday.
Despite the warnings, and the real harm that could come to Americans across the country, Trump still says he is completely committed to following through.
After all, Trump's racist obsession with immigrants at the southern border has been a hallmark of his time in office. Trump won't let an economic catastrophe get in the way of his unrelenting attacks on the southern border.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.