A Miami-based contractor has declined President Donald Trump’s offer to build his proposed Mexican border wall, calling the proposal calling it “the most idiotic thing I have ever seen.”
Jorge Pérez, a billionaire real estate developer, is a long-time friend of Trump and is responsible for building several Trump-branded buildings in southern Florida, according to Occupy Democrats. So it was natural for Trump to approach him to lead the infamous wall project.
As OC notes, Pérez is a canny businessperson who sees through the populist xenophobia rhetoric that is motivating the construction of a border wall.
“It is the most idiotic thing I have ever seen or heard in my life,” Perez told reporters.
“A wall for what? You think a wall is going to stop people that are hungry? Good employment in Mexico, economic growth in Mexico, equality is going to stop people from coming over the border,” Perez said.
Beyond understanding the futility and waste of taxpayer funds, Pérez knows better than to believe Trump can somehow ‘make Mexico pay for the wall.’
In order to make Mexico ‘pay for the wall’, Trump has proposed a border tariff on Mexican imports. A tariff is a tax added to foreign goods to discourage consumers from buying them. In other words, the ‘make Mexico pay for it’ tax would make Americans pay more for imported goods. Taxpayers would pay for the wall through normal taxes – and then pay for it a second time through the tariff. Pérez also noted that taxpayers would be further hurt by a potential trade war between America and Mexico.
According to the report, Pérez was approached for a position in Ben Carson’s Housing Department, but he declined that as well, citing fundamental disagreements with Trump’s immigration and trade policies.
We salute you, Mr. Perez.