October 18, 2018 8:56 am
Updated: October 18, 2018 5:43 pm

Trump appears to threaten USMCA deal when lashing out at migrant caravan

WATCH: In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border on Thursday if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Central America.

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U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to threaten the newly minted Canada-U.S.- Mexico trade deal over a caravan of Honduran migrants trying to reach his country.

“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 tweeted. “Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border.”

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On Twitter, Trump said he wanted “Mexico to stop this onslaught,” or he will use the military to “CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.”

READ MORE: Donald Trump threatens to take away aid from Honduras unless migrant caravan is stopped

Trump did not detail his military threat, nor his comments on the trilateral trade deal. Earlier this year, some National Guard members were deployed to the border on a limited mission that does not include contact with migrants.

More than 2,000 Hondurans are in a migrant caravan trying to reach the United States.

Mexico’s government says migrants with proper documents can enter and those who don’t either have to apply for refugee status or face deportation.

WATCH: More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala

*with files from Global News

 

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