Donald Trump said he would force the people of Mexico to build his vowed border wall to keep immigrants out of the United States, warning that if his order was not fulfilled, he would do something “severe.”
When asked how he might force the country to build this wall, Trump said in an interview that aired on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, “you force them because we give them a fortune. Mexico makes a fortune because of us. A wall is a tiny little peanut compared to that. I would do something very severe unless they contributed or gave us the money to build the wall.”
The 2016 presidential candidate added: “I’d build it. I’d build it very nicely. I’m very good at building things.”
Trump also doubled – or more like quadrupled – down on his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants, saying they aren’t just “bad,” but that they’re “really bad.”
“You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country,” he said.
Trump prefaced by saying that he likes – no, loves – Mexico and its people, as he has for the past several days. “But you have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they’re bad. They’re really bad,” he said.
CNN host Jake Tapper said the Mexican government found those comments to be “prejudicial and absurd” – that Trump is “painting [Mexicans] with a very broad brush as rapists and criminals,” as Tapper described. Trump responded by saying that it’s not necessarily Mexicans, “they’re coming from all over,” he said.