Trump Threatens To Close Southern Border, End Aid To Central America If Wall Isn't Built
28 December, 2018
Congress has departed for the holidays and it's looking as if striking a deal and passing a bill to end the partial government shut down won't happen until Congress reconvenes in the new year (and with both sides digging in their heels, many Wall Street analysts expect the affected government agencies will remain closed for at least a little while longer). But that didn't stop President Trump from reviving his threat to close the southern border if Democrats don't sign off on the $5 billion Trump needs to ramp up construction of his promised border wall.
And since the US loses so much money on trade with Mexico under Nafta rules, Trump says, he would consider closing the border to be a "profit-making operation"...
Trump ended his tweetstorm by warning that Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador were "doing nothing for the United States but taking our money" and that they had failed to stop a new caravan from forming. Because of this "we will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries", essentially combining all of his worst border-related threats.
Trump first threatened to send in the military and close the border earlier this year, warning that if Congress wouldn't act to prevent caravans of migrants heading north from Central America from successfully crossing into the US, that he would do so unilaterally. He eventually followed through with the first part of that threat (though he also threatened to withhold aide from Honduras and other central American countries if they failed to stop the caravans, which...well).