Florida: Justifying his decision to close down southern border next week, US President Donald Trump on Friday (local time) claimed that Mexico is not taking any action to stop “two massive caravans” that are moving towards the United States.
“Massive caravans walking right through Mexico. So Mexico’s tough. They can stop them but they chose not to. Now they’re going to stop them. And if they don’t stop them, we’re closing the border. We’ll keep it closed for a long time, I’m not playing games,” Hill tweeted Trump as saying.
Trump made these remarks while interacting with media in Canal Point in Florida.
Further pushing for a wall on US-Mexico border, he said: “I said let’s go. We need a wall also on the border. You know that, right? I’m looking at all these walls I’m saying southern border too. Don’t forget our southern border. And we’re right now building a lot of wall on the southern border.”
Earlier in the day, Trump threatened to shut its southern border “or large sections of it” next week if Mexico did not stop “illegals” from entering the United States.
The US President had previously voiced his disdain for the influx of illegal immigrants from the US-Mexico border. His demand for US $ 5 billion in funding for a wall on this border and the US Congress’ subsequent denial of the money led to the United States government’s longest-ever partial shutdown in the nation’s history.
Earlier this week, the Pentagon notified the US Congress that it had transferred US $1 billion to begin new wall construction at the US-Mexico border at the behest of the US President, reports CNN.
This drew immediate objections from Democratic lawmakers, who have been against Trump’s initiative, going as far as labelling it as a waste of taxpayer money.