Donald Trump strongly suggests he's willing to go to war with Mexico to finance his "big, beautiful wall"

"When I rejuvenate our military, Mexico won't be 'playing' war with us -- that I can tell you," Trump said

By Scott Eric Kaufman
March 9, 2016 8:08PM (UTC)
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Bob Woodward, Donald Trump (Credit: MSNBC, Fox News)

On Morning Joe Wednesday, investigative journalist Bob Woodward attempted to atone for his sins as the George W. Bush administration's court stenographer and vault himself back into relevance by asking Donald Trump a series of difficult questions about how, precisely, he would build a wall between Mexico and the United States.

"I want to ask about the wall you’re going to get Mexico to build," he began. "A number of my colleagues say you haven’t answered the question how you’re going to do that, and you know from business somebody can have a good idea, but how are they going to do it? Can you give us some idea?"


Trump replied with his canned responses about the $58 billion trade deficit and the big, beautiful wall only costing $10 billion, but Woodward found that answer unacceptable.

"They're a sovereign nation," he told Trump. "How do you convince a sovereign nation that says they don't want to pay, to pay?"

Trump replied, again, with non-answers. "I'm sorry to press on this," Woodward said, "but how would you grab [Mexico's] money? If they say 'No,' would you be willing to go to war to pay for this wall?"


Trump told Woodward to "trust [him], when I rejuvenate our military, Mexico won't be 'playing' war with us -- that I can tell you."

Watch the entire conversation below via MSNBC.

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