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EXCLUSIVE: Trump flew into rage and shouted 'Why the f**k would we do this?' after Drudge Report said U.S. was PAYING Mexico $4.8 billion instead of collecting border wall money – as he told aides 'This is the stupidest s**t you’ve ever done'

President Donald Trump erupted at aides in an F-bomb-laden rant a week before Christmas last year, fuming over headlines that announced he was giving up his campaign promise of making Mexico pay for a border wall – and instead handing the country a 10-figure check.
The administration had made a deal with America's neighbors to the south, one that Trump hated, that would send $10.6 billion to four countries. More than half would go to Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. But Mexico would collect $4.8 billion.
The money was meant to help governments tackle poverty, drug trafficking and other violence – the root causes of the illegal immigration wave the president campaigned against. But on December 18, 2018, the national news media he loves to hate framed it as a surrender.
'My f***ing friends are calling me,' the president yelled at aides who had convinced him to make the deal. 'This is the stupidest s**t you’ve ever done. Why the f**k would we do this?'
'I’m not getting $5 billion for the wall, and instead I’m paying Mexico $5 billion? What the f**k am I getting out of this?' he boomed.
This banner headline on The Drudge Report set Trump off, yelling at aides: 'Why the f**k would we do this?' and 'This is the stupidest s**t you’ve ever done'
This banner headline on The Drudge Report set Trump off, yelling at aides: 'Why the f**k would we do this?' and 'This is the stupidest s**t you’ve ever done'

Trump's frustrations boiled over because of a banner headline that flashed on the influential Drudge Report news aggregation website, screaming in both red and black: 'WALL FUNDING OFF TABLE. U.S.A. GIVING $4.8 BILLION TO MEXICO.'
When someone showed the president, he went ballistic, according to 'Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration,' a book by New York Times reporters Michael Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis. DailyMail.com obtained a portion of the book ahead of its Oct. 8 release.

Trump at the time was getting a hard sell on the deal from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They explained that without the aid money, Mexico wouldn't agree to a plan that would force asylum-seekers to remain there, instead of entering the U.S., while their claims were evaluated.
'Pompeo tried to explain that a lot of the money was private investment – American companies going down to Mexico would turn a profit and create jobs,' Shear and Davis write.
Trump wanted his wall but reluctantly went along, briefly. But as the engine of political media was about to rev, he tried to throw his own vehicle into reverse.
'Let's stick it to the Mexicans,' he told Nielsen and her aides, arguing for an unprecedented complete closure of the southern U.S. border instead.
By then, however, Washington leakers were leaking and his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressing, making a rare concession on the Fox News Channel that Trump might retreat from his demand that Congress appropriate $5 billion to fund his border barrier.
The president, she announced, would settle for $1.6 billion in order to avoid stiffening to the point of causing a government shutdown as he bickered with House Democrats who had just won a majority in the midterm elections
Hours later in the White House Press Briefing Room, Sanders sniffed to reporters that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Trump's revamp of the Bill Clinton-era NAFTA trade deal, would save the government enough money to make up the difference in wall funding.
'He’s saying that the revenue provided and the money that would be saved through the USMCA deal – we could pay for the wall four times over,' she said, claiming that it 'would provide additional revenue through that deal that would show that Mexico was paying for the wall.'
Ten months later, Congress has yet to ratify the USMCA. The Trump administration has been fighting a string of court battles for clearance to repurpose money from other government agencies, including the Pentagon, to build what the president has promised will be nearly 500 new miles of it by the end of 2020.
But on that December Tuesday, Sanders offered face-saving maneuvers tied to the pending trade deal while journalists pointed out what was obvious to most Americans: Benefits from a new trade pact would go to private citizens and companies, not to the U.S. Treasury.
Trump didn't seem to notice. Shear and Davis write that the president told his staff that night 'that he was going to tweet against the Migrant Protection Protocols deal and blast the State Department for giving money to Mexico, announcing that he was taking the money back.'
Twenty-four hours later, the pendulum had swung back.  
'Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA!' the president tweeted. 'Far more money coming to the U.S.'
And he announced that '[b]ecause of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!'
'Border Wars' made news this week for its telling of another moment in the White House's chaotic navigation of immigration politics: Trump's onetime demand that the border wall must have a moat stocked with snakes and alligators.
The president lashed out against Shear and Davis, denying the story and its other details, including his insistence on electrified fencing and a skin-piercing pike atop each wall slat. 
In his rage about 'corrupt reporting' while he sat alongside the president of Finland in the Oval Office, he blasted The Washington Post instead of their employer, The New York Times. 
He said his communications aides came to him, protesting that the book's vignette was untrue. 
'They came to me yesterday. And they said, “Did you say this?”' Trump told reporters, before describing a relapse into anger.
'I said, “Why are you asking that stupid question?”' he recalled.

3 comments:

  1. poor frump still can't grasp hes not the emperor.

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    1. Don't you get it yet? We don't even have a constitutional republic.

      Look, "aid" money is nothing more than money fed from tax payers to the people who actually control these countries, and they are multinational.

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  2. Why the f**k would we do this?' PAYING (insert any country here) $(insert any amount here) instead of collecting money?

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