Trump threatens to 'CLOSE BORDER' if Mexico does not stop migrant caravan

WION Web Team Washington, USA Oct 18, 2018, 05.32 PM(IST)

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President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER" if Mexico does not act against a migrant caravan travelling towards the US-Mexico border. 

The migrants are trying to reach the US border from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. 

"I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the US Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Donald Trump also said that "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!"

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Trump threatened to withhold regional aid as a caravan with several thousand Honduran migrants journeyed this week through Guatemala to Mexico in hopes of crossing the US-Mexico border and escaping endemic violence and poverty in Central America.

The president also dispatched US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City on Friday to discuss regional issues. 

Trump, who has made curtailing immigration and building a border wall on the Mexican border a key platform, has previously threatened to shut off aid and dispatch troops there.