Americans would need to buy 25 billion avocados for Mexico to pay for the wall

1/27/2017 Chicago Tribune

avocadoPresident Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Thursday that the administration had an idea that would force Mexico to pay for the construction of a wall on the border between our two countries.

The strategy? The White House could advocate for a 20 percent tax on Mexican goods being imported into the country. (Spicer later said that this was just a possibility.)

That would certainly work to generate a great deal of money. Mexico is our third-largest trading partner, with trade totaling more than a half-trillion dollars in 2015. The only trick is that this wouldn’t exactly be Mexico paying for the wall: It would be U.S. consumers paying additional costs for Mexican products to make up the total.

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