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The southern border could be closed by this weekend [Trump press conference today]

“I’m ready to close it if I have to close it.”

President Trump has been threatening to close the Mexico southern border if Mexico does not stop the people coming in multiple caravans headed to the USA. This has been something the president has been talking about for some time, but more recently he brought it up again at the press conference where Linda McMahon announced her resignation.

Today, at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenburg, Trump was asked by Fox News’ John Roberts if it is his intention to close the border this weekend and what would it take to not close the border.

“Well, I haven’t made that intention known. I’m ready to close it if I have to close it. Mexico, as you know as of yesterday, has been starting to apprehend a lot of people at their southern border coming in from Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador. They’re really apprehending thousands of people. And it’s the first time really in decades that this has taken place and it should have taken place a long time ago.” Trump continued. “We don’t want people coming up making that very dangerous journey coming in. Our system is absolutely maxed out and the border patrol has done an incredible job but the system is absolutely maxed out.”

President Trump said that Mexico needs to stop the people from coming in as they are very capable of doing so and Congress needs to meet and make a deal to end chain migration, the visa lottery, and catch and release. Also adding that something needs to be changed in regards to our asylum laws.

The President was also asked how closing the border would affect trade.

“Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy. It’s one of the biggest trade deals in the world – we’ve just done with the MCA. It’s a very big trading partner. But to me trading is very important – the border is very important but security is what’s most important. You have to have security.” Trump continued saying that security is more important than trade.