Donald Trump is itching to flex our military might. And now, after months of tough talk on the election trail, he might have identified our first target for military action:
No, not ISIS. No, not North Korea.
Invading Mexico isn’t something that ever came up during the presidential election. Yes, Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, and he repeatedly blasted America’s trade relationship with our southern neighbor, but INVADE Mexico? That’s just crazy talk.
But Trump is crazy about getting Mexico to pay for (a fraction of the cost of) his planned 2,000-mile borer wall, so crazy talk has apparently become par for the course.
The Mexican news outlet Aristegui Noticias reported that Trump — during a Jan. 27 phone call with Mexican president Enrique Pena — threatened to send troops into Mexico to “fight against narco trafficking.” Earlier in the day, Pena cancelled a meeting with Trump over a spat about Trump’s border wall. “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” Trump had said on Twitter.
So, predictably, Pena cancelled — and that infuriated Trump.
Congressional Republicans will have a hard time justifying the cost of Trump’s border wall. They know Mexico is extremely unlikely to ever pay for it. The chances are higher that Trump might ditch his Trump Grill burrito bowls and actually visit a real taco truck. Forget about sending troops into Mexico — that’s insanity.
And our president.