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By Fareed Zakaria

Pres. Trump’s threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border confused even his allies. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said it “would be bad for everybody.” Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, remarked, “I’m not sure that’s a particularly good idea and I’m not sure it gets the desired result.” Most assumed the threat was part of the usual Trump style — bravado and bluff — and as expected, was eventually dialed back.

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