The details of his plan reveal for the first time clearly the authoritarian streak in Trump that many of us suspect would emerge in a Trump presidency.
His plan to force Mexico to pay for a wall between the US and Mexico involves blocking some money transfers between the two countries, via an expansion of the totalitarian Patriot Act.
In a two-page memo to The Washington Post, Trump outlined for the first time how he would seek to force Mexico to pay for his 1,000-mile border fence, which Trump has made a cornerstone of his presidential campaign and which has been repeatedly scoffed at by cureent and former Mexican leaders...
In the memo, Trump said he would threaten to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act antiterrorism law to cut off a portion of the funds sent to Mexico through money transfers, commonly known as remittances. The threat would be withdrawn if Mexico made “a one-time payment of $5-10 billion” to pay for the border wall, he wrote.
“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump said in the memo, which was written on campaign stationery emblazoned with “TRUMP Make America Great Again.”
The idea that Trump is in anyway libertarian is laughable. Indeed, as each day passes, he exposes himself as a man with an extreme authoritarian streak which suggests he will use any means necessary, if he becomes president, to ensure his dictates are followed.