The upsetting story of Donald Trump's "wall"

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The wall seen in Tijuana, January 9, 2019.
The wall seen in Tijuana, January 9, 2019. GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump took the escalator that led him to the atrium of his favorite tower in Manhattan. He will announce his candidacy for the Republican president in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. A touch of luster was then considered a rage of billionaires marked by a discourse on immigration. The American press is holding a violent charge. " When Mexico sends its people, they do not send the best. (…) They send people with a lot of problems and bring them with us. They bring drugs, crime, there are rapists "Claims the future president.

But Donald Trump also makes a promise. If I am chosen, he assures, " I would build a big wall. And nobody builds up walls better than I do, believe me. And I will build it very cheaply "." I am going to build a large wall on our southern border and Mexico will have to pay that wall He insists.

Family members of the real estate magnate who pushed him into politics, Roger Stone and Sam Nunberg, are enthusiastic. For more than a year, with the approval of one of his future campaign directors, Stephen Bannon, they advise him " this thing, this mnemonic Focusing immigration on a possible campaign. The construction is, in contrast to foreign policy or the complex health file, also an area where it can prove skills.

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"Build that wall!"

As Bloomberg reporter Joshua Green tells in a book about the campaign (Devil & # 39; s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the storming of the presidency, Penguin Group, 2017, untranslated), Donald Trump tested this idea for the first time in January 2015 at a meeting of conservatives organized in the first state to vote in the primary race, the Iowa Freedom Summit.

The formula was a hit. From the autumn of 2015, it will be a mandatory passage of meetings of the republican candidate. " Nobody knows better how to build the walls than Donald Trump Remains the billionaire, ritual interrupted by the songs: " Build that wall! "He is promising a wall right now" magnificent That he sometimes proposes to beat her with his name as all his real estate performance. The work, he assures, will be built of concrete, and will " big doors "Only illegal immigration then becomes the target of the candidate.