President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will send military staff to the southern border, threatening that he will be closing the border passing if the thousands of immigrants coming to the United States are not stopped by Mexico.
The Trump administration issued a number of warnings to leaders in Central America to hold the immigrant caravan which has now reached 4,000 people. The U.S. is threatening to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that all aid will be cut off if the immigrants do not return.
Trump also warned the Mexican government, repeating again that aid will be cut.
“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!” the President wrote on Twitter.
“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,” Trump said in a follow-up tweet. “Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border.”
Trump also attacked Democrats for what he said was their support of policies that allowed immigrants easier access to the U.S., while also criticizing Central American leaders for not addressing the problem. “[Central American] leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS,” he wrote.