President Donald Trump is showing no signs of yielding in his efforts to secure the southern border. In fact, a series of tweets Friday morning show Trump is doubling down on his stance.
With Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his Democratic caucus putting politics over protecting Americans, the president said he will be “forced” to “close the Southern Border entirely” if he is not given the funding needed to build a wall along the porous border.
Trump tweeted: “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!”
In a follow up tweet, Trump cited trade with Mexico to say the U.S. loses money in the deal, adding that he considers closing the border a “profit making operation.”
“Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border,” he stated in another tweet.
CBS News reported earlier this month that shutting down the southern border “would cause economic chaos.”
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The San Ysidro crossing is the biggest passenger land port in the Western hemisphere — closing it alone would be hugely disruptive. Every day, an average of 120,000 commuter vehicles, 6,000 trucks and 63,000 pedestrians use the border gateway, many to go to and from their jobs in the U.S.
Sealing the entire border between the countries, meanwhile, would cause economic chaos. In 2017, about $558 billion in goods flowed across the U.S.- Mexico border in both directions, making Mexico our third-biggest trading partner for goods behind Canada and China. U.S. goods exported to Mexico totaled $243.3 billion, while trade in services accounted for another $58 billion.
The tweets come on the heels of a police officer being gunned down by an illegal alien in California — an incident that prompted Trump to respond online with an emphatic call for a border wall.
“There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop. Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!” the president tweeted Thursday.
President Trump took his border security stance a step further Friday when he said that as another caravan is rumored to be forming, the US will cut off financial aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
“Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money. Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!” he tweeted.
Trump threatened to cut off aid to Honduras in October if they didn’t stop the migrant caravan trekking to the U.S. border.
Of course, Congress would have to sign off on reducing aid to foreign nations and with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi set to take control of the lower chamber, there’s little chance of that happening.
Meanwhile, The Hill reported that a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday found more folks blame Trump for the government shutdown than Democrats — 33 percent blame Democrats in Congress for the shutdown, compared to 47 percent who blamed Trump.
Reuters/Ipsos being the same collaboration that said Hillary Clinton had “about a 90 percent chance” of defeating Trump in the race for the White House.
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