Hours after Donald Trump suggested blocking money being sent by immigrants from the United States back to Mexico as a way to force the Mexican government to pay for construction of a border wall, President Obama weighed in against the idea, as he took the chance in the White House Briefing Room to go after both Trump and Ted Cruz on their immigration plans.
“The notion that we’re going to track every bit of Western Union money being sent to Mexico – good luck with that,” the President said dismissively, after being asked about Trump’s new plan, which he outlined earlier in the day for the Washington Post.
“This is just one more example of something that is not thought through,” said the President.
“I’ve been very clear earlier that I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions being made,” Mr. Obama said of the Republicans running for the White House.
The President also made sure to reach out and ding Ted Cruz, trying to tie him to Trump on immigration as well.
“I mean, you’re also hearing concerns about Mr. Cruz’s proposals, which in some ways are just as draconian, when it comes to immigration, for example,” the President added.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest went further in a briefing with reporters, labeling Trump’s idea part of a pattern of “discriminatory rhetoric” emerging from the GOP on immigration matters.