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There is a great deal of misunderstanding concerning Mr. Trump's wall and the issues surrounding it. Many people keep incorrectly stating that his promise of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico was a central promise in his campaign for the presidency. They say that his holding the funding of our government hostage to get his five billion dollars is appropriate as it was the most important promise he made during his campaign. Let's forget for a moment that more voters rejected his agenda (including the wall) than accepted it ... to the tune of about 2.8 million votes. Let's also forget the fact that the type of wall he originally promised to have built and the amount of money needed keeps changing.

What the wall supporters need to keep in mind is that an integral part of Trump's promise was that Mexico would pay for it and no rational person, or even Trump himself, believes that will ever happen as evidenced by Mr. Trump's request to Congress for funding. Yes, I know that con-man Trump, in a feat of mental gymnastics, has now rationalized to his gullible supporters that somehow a trade surplus with Mexico will pay for the wall. He is apparently hoping that his base is as clueless on economics as he is as not one dime of a trade surplus goes to our government.

Thomas Hanley

Fulton

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