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Donald Trump threatens to shut down southern border if Mexico doesn’t stop migrant caravan

October 18, 2018 GMT

President Trump threatened Thursday to close the southern border if Mexico does not stop the caravan of migrants from reaching the U.S.

....The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018

Mr. Trump said Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are effectively assaulting the country as hundreds of immigrants flee those nations. He once again warned that the U.S. would stop spending money on those nations if the migrants succeeded in making it to the border.

The president also blamed Democrats for the massive migrant movement.

I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S..... Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018

....In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!.. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018

The group, which started out in Honduras, defied the orders of Guatemalan police on Monday and proceeded to pass through the country. Police estimated that the group was around 2,000 on Monday.