Seamas said:*Edited: a quick summary:
- The GOP establishment is signaling that the "big beautiful" wall is probably going to be a fence instead
- It appears Trump's administration is getting ready to support big business
- It looks like Trump is moving to appoint industry insiders like Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase in his administration
So it looks like the new boss is the same as the old boss.
The change in regards to the wall was to be expected, so no surprises there. Perhaps not many people know this, but there is a wall on the Mexico-US border already. I don't know if it runs continuously along the whole border, but the parts I've seen of it in Tijuana are quite tall. I don't think it's made of brick and mortar, so I suppose some could call it a metal "fence", but it's far more intimidating than what the word evokes (remember, the Israelis call the concrete wall with armed watchtowers around the West Bank a "fence" too). So what would be the point in building another wall along the border?? If people get through they certainly don't do it by simply running for it and jumping over when no one is looking; they do it through tunnels or specific weak points in the desert or they are smuggled or God knows how. If the purpose is to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, then instead of building a bigger wall, what is needed is something different. Ideally, helping out Mexico and Latin America's economies so that people don't have a reason to immigrate - but I don't see that happening any time soon. So they'll probably come up with some sort of reestructuring of already existing resources and man power, which is way more realistic than a wall that achieves little and costs too much time and money.
Of course, Trump knew this from the beginning. He was just speaking big words as part of his campaign strategy. I would have been surprised and worried if he took his own words seriously, so in that sense it's a good thing that he "changed his mind". And the same can be said about his most inflammatory declarations (about Muslims for example); I doubt they will materialize because they are unrealistic, impractical and pointless, and they were just said to appeal to a certain segment of voters. But we'll see.