Denoting a possibly huge turnaround in rough U.S.- Mexico relations, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday offered to pay for President Trump’s indictment rather than a $21.6 billion border wall separating the two nations.
“We would pay for the ‘whole enchilada,’” Peña Nieto told reporters on the steps of the National Palace in Mexico City. “Impeachment is far cheaper than a border wall, and frankly, no one will want an expensive border wall after Trump’s gone, anyway.”
Budget deficit hawks and even some GOP leaders invited Peña Nieto’s offer, which comes in the midst of developing requires Trump’s arraignment as far as concerns him in a progression of embarrassments that has shaken Washington and dove the White House into confusion.
“While the cost of impeachment is just a drop in the bucket of the multi-trillion dollar federal budget, every little bit helps,” said Sen. John McCain, effusively praising the Mexican financial offer at a news conference. “And it’s time to get this idiot out of office anyway.”
Allegations of wrongdoing intensified this week with reports that Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to end a criminal probe into former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, triggering accusations Trump may have obstructed justice, a potentially impeachable offense. The Justice Department then appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged meddling and missteps, amid reports the president leaked highly classified information to Russian spies in the Oval Office last week.
The GOP has indicated it would not include money for Trump’s border wall in its fiscal 2017 budget, and the Department of Homeland Security has estimated that the 1,250 mile series of walls and fences pushed by Trump would cost as much as $21.6 billion. In contrast, the most recent U.S. impeachment, of former President Clinton, added up to about $80 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Mexico’s timely offer could bring a much-needed thaw in U.S.-Mexico relations, which iced up after Trump’s insistence — during the 2016 presidential campaign — that America’s southern neighbor bear the full cost of a wall to block out Mexican rapists, murderers and drug pushers. Mexico’s refusal to pay prompted Trump to threaten to retaliate with a border tax on Mexican imports to cover the wall’s cost.
While Trump’s impeachment would cost far less than a 1,250 mile wall, Peña Nieto said paying for the former would achieve a similar result: removing a huge thorn in Mexico’s side.
“If Trump goes away, then he can’t bother us anymore about paying for a wall. So we achieve the intended result at far lower cost,” Peña Nieto pointed out.