The President on Tuesday called Trump’s plan to have Mexico pay for a 1,000-mile border fence “half-baked” and “counterproductive”, and that Mr. Trumps foreign policy ideas were hurting the United States abroad. According to the Washington Post, Trump recently asserted a threat that he would cut off money transfers from workers inside the United States, including US Citizens, to relatives in Mexico unless that country makes a one-time payment of $5 billion to $10 billion to pay for the construction of a 1,000-mile border fence.
President Obama responded that this type of punitive approach would cause “enormous” damage to Mexico’s economy, which depends on those money transfers, usually known as remittances. The President also contended that this plan was impractical, as it would be next to impossible to track every Western Union transfer going to Mexico. Furthermore, the President noted, is that with the negative implications to the Mexican economy it would more likely spurn an increase in immigrants headed North because they won’t be able to find jobs back in Mexico.
There are still 42 delegates up for grabs in the Republican Primary race. Candidates have the potential to win all 42 delegates, but would need to win both the statewide vote and all of the state’s congressional districts. If Ted Cruz can win Wisconsin, then Trump would have a shrinking window to clinch the nomination by the time voting ends in June, which would increase the chances that the GOP convention will become contested. A Trump win would give him a lot of momentum heading into his home state of New York, and drastically boost his odds of clinching the nomination.