President Trump vows to send as many troops “as necessary” to the U.S.-Mexican border to keep out thousands of migrants marching to America, calling their attempt to illegally cross the border “an assault on our country.”
“In that caravan you have some very bad people and we can’t let that happen to our country,” including “people from the Middle East,” said Trump to USA Today.
Addressing the media outside the White House on Monday, Trump warned Central American countries, saying they are currently “doing nothing” about the caravan.
“It’s a lot bigger than 5,000 people,” Trump said, “and we’ve got to stop them at the border.”
“And unfortunately, when you look at the countries, they have not done their job,” Trump said. “Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador — they’re paid a lot of money every year, we give them foreign aid — they did nothing for us. Nothing. So we give them tremendous amounts of money — hundreds of millions of dollars. They, like a lot of others, do nothing for our country.”
“What happened on the border is caused by the Democrats. Because they won’t let anyone change immigration laws that are horrible.”
Trump has blamed Democrats before, saying on Saturday that “If the Democrats would stop being obstructionists and come together, we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour. Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border. Chuck & Nancy, call me!”
Trump has also threatened to cut off U.S. aid for countries that have failed to act.
“Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them,” the president wrote on Twitter on Monday.
At a Monday night rally in Houston with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump also said he thinks the caravan might have been organized by Democrats.
“You know how the caravan started? Does everybody know what it means? I think the Democrats had something to do with it, and now they’re saying, ‘I think we made a big mistake.’ Because people are seeing how bad it is. How pathetic it is,’ Trump said. “That is an assault on our country.”