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  Donald Trump's 'great wall' is a fantasy that even he knows will never be real
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Last EditedRP  Jan 04, 2019 01:54pm
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AuthorJohn Harwood
News DateFriday, January 4, 2019 07:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDonald Trump sought the presidency on a fantasy: with Mexico’s money, he would build a “great wall” of concrete and steel across America’s southern border.

Ever since he won, Trump has obscured his inability to make the fantasy real. Rhetorically, he has fogged the air on whether he seeks a wall or something else, whether he needs money from Congress or not, whether the wall is “desperately needed” or already largely built.

Trump knew it, too. Days after his inauguration, he told Mexico’s president of his “political bind, because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall — I have to. I’ve been talking about it for a two-year period.”

When his counterpart reiterated firm opposition, a leaked transcript of their phone call showed, Trump replied: “But you cannot say that to the press. The press is going to go with that, and I cannot live with that.”
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