Much of politics is an exercise in diversion and theater while the real agenda plays out just below the surface. The challenge, then, for the person who is trying to figure out what really is going on is to distinguish between what is said and done for appearance, and what the real goals and plans are. This is often a difficult task as those who have made it to the top typically have honed their skills very well.
Donald Trump is a master negotiator, having literally written the book on making deals. As such, he is quite capable of offering a proposal that he knows will not be accepted simply as one step in moving the negotiation process forward. So it is wise never to make judgements on the progress of negotiations just based on what is said or proposed while the matter is in play.
The construction of the border wall is a major component in President Trump’s plan to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration. What makes it even more controversial is that he has claimed that Mexico will pay for it.
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