Only Two Allies Have Sought to Ban Donald Trump From Their Countries

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Two is a small number

The Mexican legislature received a petition yesterday from Mexico City to block Donald Trump, the leader for the Republican presidential nomination, from entering their country in retaliation for his proposal to build a border wall that Mexico must pay for.

José de Jesús Zambrano, the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Mexico’s equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives, said in a statement he would consider taking up the proposal. “The United States is an important country, our largest trading partner, so taking up such a petition has far-raching implications for the Mexican people,” he said. “I will consider it carefully.”

The move to block Trump comes a month after the United Kingdom considered a similar travel ban. Although that petition lost and Trump remains free to enter the country, the vote was extraordinary, given the close ties between the two countries. Had it passed, its implications would have been unprecedented, since it would have prevented Trump, should he become president of the United States, from entering the country of its closest ally.

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Chamber of Deputies

And yet it’s important to remember that there are approximately 200 countries in the world, and having two of them block the president of the United States from their territory would amount to a mere 1 percent of all countries. That would still leave a President Trump free to travel to 99 percent of all countries, not counting those with which the United States does not maintain diplomatic relations, most notably North Korea, and Trump probably would not want to travel there anyway.

What’s more, it’s unlikely Trump would want to travel to Mexico, so a mexican ban would effectively be meaningless. Trump has made it clear he does not like Mexicans, and it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which he would want to go to that country.

The U.K. is a different matter, of course. Not only are the ties between the two countries critical to world trade and stability, but Trump is of Scottish descent and his company has numerous business dealings there.

And yet, even here, the actual consequences of a Trump ban would be minimal for three reasons. First, despite its one-time importance, the U.K. is hardly a global behemoth and the United States can just as easily work through Germany or France or other European allies if it has to. Second, the people who run Trump’s businesses on a day-to-day basis, including his children, are not included in the ban, at least in the version that was voted on. And third, Trump could retaliate by banning the prime minister of England, or even the Queen, from the United States, and that would hurt them more than it would hurt the United States.

Corey Leidermeier, Trump’s campaign manager, says all this talk about barring Trump from this country or that country is beside the point.

“Look, Trump doesn’t care, okay?” he says. “More importantly, when he’s president, no country is going to stop him if he really wants to go there. Do you really think England is going to make him sit in his plane if he lands at Heathrow Airport? Of course not. Probably half of the United Kingdom’s wealth is directly or indirectly tied to the United States. Believe me they’ll let President Trump off the plane. All this talk about U.S. allies closing their borders to our president is posturing. If he wants to go, he’s going, and no wall is going to keep him out of Mexico, and no decree is going to keep him out of the U.K., especially if there’s a golf tournament at his place in Scotland. You think he’s not going to be there for that? The hats will be flying off the shelves.”

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