Friday, 31 March 2017

Best Laid Plans

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Here's a great story from The Independent which highlights the practical difficulties involved in Donald Trump's plan to build a 'big, beautiful wall' between Mexico and America. 

The penny seems to have dropped that placing the 'Great Wall of Trump' on the American side of the Rio Grande would effectively cede control of this great, historic river to Mexico which would not go down too well for obvious reasons.

Nor does it seem likely, or even possible, that Donald Trump's wall could be built in the middle of a busy river channel.

Yet again the wild rhetoric Trump employed during the presidential election campaign is coming up against the reality of getting things done in government.

Maybe the business tycoon should have paid more attention to his Scottish roots and the words of our national poet Robert Burns in his famous poem 'To a Mouse'.


  


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-annex-mexican-land-build-border-wall-donald-trump-construction-a7658756.html

US interior secretary suggests America could annex Mexican land to build Donald Trump's wall

'We’re not going to put it on our side [of the Rio Grande] and cede the river to Mexico'



By Samuel Osborne - The Independent
The President has proposed immediate budget cuts of $18bn (£14bn) so US taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down-payment on the border wall NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

America could annex Mexican land to build Donald Trump's "big, beautiful wall" on the border, the US Interior Secretary has suggested.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a Public lands Council meeting the Trump administration did not want to build the wall on US soil because it would mean ceding the Rio Grande river to Mexico.

“The border is complicated, as far as building a physical wall,” Mr Zinke said, according to E&E