Unless you are living under a rock then you likely know that a special counsel was appointed on Wednesday to investigate allegations of Russian influence over the 2016 election. Hold you pitchforks for a moment and note that I wrote that the special counsel will investigate allegations of Russian interference. Like everyone else, I do not know if Donald Trump committed any crimes regarding the Russian affair. All I pointed out was that there is an independent investigator who will study the allegations, and if necessary, file appropriate charges. The purpose of today’s post is to first point out that certain Trump agenda items are now on hiatus and unlikely to be implemented, especially those that I have focused on. The second item I’d like to point out is that Donald Trump is under criminal investigation.

Yes, that is right, as much as Trump and the surrogates want to position this latest event, the fact remains that Donald Trump is under criminal investigation. For this reason, Trump’s premiere agenda items are now on hiatus.

Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign be demonizing Mexicans and México. He promised his electorate several specific items, among them building The Wall, deporting undocumented immigrants and ending, or significantly changing NAFTA.

As Trump has demonstrated, he has ample authority under executive orders to begin the process on some of those public policy agenda items. However, although his party, the Republican party, controls both houses of Congress, he must press them into enacting the legislation to accomplish those goals.

As demonstrated by his signature issue, repealing Obamacare, Trump has little leverage over Congress, even a heavily Republican one. That was before the special counsel was appointed to investigate criminal allegations against Donald Trump.

The thing about politicians is that all of them have one significant thing in common – self-preservation.

Simply put, the Republicans are now focused on their political futures and as such are unlikely to support the Trump agenda items that have significant resistance among the electorate.

That means that The Wall will not be built. Donald Trump does not have political clout to force the Congress to fund The Wall even though Trump continues to promise that México will pay for it. Except for Trump, no one else believes that México will pay for The Wall. As such, Congress is not about to fund a wall.

To be crystal clear, The Wall will not be built.

The other item on Trump’s agenda involving México is NAFTA. Trump has already back peddled on ending NAFTA. Yesterday, his administration notified Congress of his intent to begin renegotiating NAFTA. The notification is a requirement of Congress that requires the administration to notify them 90-days before any trade negotiations begin. The letter triggered a 90-period before the negotiations begin.

But here is the problem for Trump. Trump promised to bring back jobs to the country through renegotiating NAFTA. The Democrats, because of their labor base, are the ones that would support any agreement emphasizing job protection. Congress is led by the Republicans. Already the business communities and the farmers have applied significant pressure on Congress not to antagonize México too much because México’s retaliations would hurt significant sectors of the U.S. economy, namely the famers. As demonstrated by his notification to Congress, it is Congress that ultimately has a say on how NAFTA is renegotiated, regardless of Trump’s bluster.

Against this backdrop are two time constraining issues, in addition to the unfolding criminal investigation of Donald Trump. México will hold presidential elections next year. Those elections will consume the country and thus any pending international matters will be delayed until the incoming administration takes control. The second are the mid-term elections for the United States. It is possible that the result will be a shakeup of the party politics in Congress. This creates a dilemma for Trump. The first is that Republicans are going to be too preoccupied with keeping control of Congress that they are unlikely to go against the farmers and the business communities on NAFTA before the election. He needs to conclude the negotiations before the end of the year and that simply is a tight schedule for negotiations between the three countries. Trump has said that he wants to conclude the negotiations by the end of the year. The soonest that the Trump administration can begin the talks will be in late August, if Congress gives him fast track authority. That leaves him less than six months to conclude the negotiations. He doesn’t leave enough time for him to threaten withdrawing from NAFTA, even if he wanted to.

Both Canada and México understand that dynamics of the upcoming elections and Trump’s predicaments. As such, all they need to do is hold-fast on the substantial issues and push for the issues, like the origin rules, that benefits them. In essence, Canada and México hold the upper hand in the negotiations.

Donald Trump needs a win on his core agenda items and proclaiming a NAFTA win will give him that.

For that reason, Trump only has one option and that is too push as much as he can for his items, but in the end he will accept what is given to him by Canada and México.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

2 replies on “Again, The Wall Will Not be Built”

  1. You know, people put up fake security monitoring signs in their yard or business and I put AAA stickers on my car. Just the threat of a wall has reduced illegal immigration by 67%. #thepinchewallisinyourmind

  2. Martin
    There is not criminal investigation of Trump you are posting non-sense unless you are claiming Comey and others all lied before Congress! Stop feeding into media propaganda. Martin get real if there had been such proof of a crime by Trump that card would have been thrown before the election or before Trump even took office. See Martin I really want Trump to be brought up on impeachment charges then we take this from trail by the mob and the media into a court of law which Trump will have the right to call witnesses and cross examine his accusers and this is the last thing the Tit tard left and the Washington belt way elite of both parties wants to happen.
    Martin why do you think the idea is now being floated to remove Trump from office using the 25th amendment? Because they know the proof of a crime by Trump can’t hold water in a court of law which an impeachment trail is before Congress and it would expose those who used the U.S. government in attempted to subvert an election. In addition it would expose that it wasn’t only Wikileaks dumping Hillary’s and the DNC’s e-mails. Also we would find out all who were running for President who were also unlawfully under surveillance.

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