Trump threatens to closer border with Mexico

Arturo Kim
November 23, 2018

"We are not criminals, we are migrant workers,"Cordonez said, adding that he was considering trying to get into Canada if the USA doesn't want him".

The President also pressed the commanding officer of a Coast Guard ship in Bahrain on trade before touting his trade policies and arguing that "every nation in the world is taking advantage of us".

Trump also said he has given the thousands of active-duty troops he sent to the border before the November 6 midterm elections the "OK" to use lethal force against migrants "if they have to".

In a warning to Mexico, Mr Trump added: "The whole border".

"This was, sadly, predictable and avoidable", said retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a CNN military and diplomatic analyst.

Trump has not shied away from politicizing the military in the past, and on Thursday, he drew on USA men and women in uniform to justify his controversial deployment of almost 6,000 United States troops to the southern border. "We actually just closed it, said nobody's coming in because it was just out of control".

"You probably see over the news what's happening on our southern border", Trump told one Air Force brigadier general stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, adding: "I don't have to even ask you. I know what you want to do, you want to make sure that you know who we're letting in". It would be miserable to have the same hatred for people you spend most of your day with that Left and Right seem to have for each other in the Trump-era. "We're doing it over here". We thank God for the blessings of having you people be our heroes - and you really are our heroes - and your families are back here, and they love you, and they respect you, and they look forward to seeing you.

"The whole border. I mean the whole border", Trump said.

The appellate court, which oversees much of the Western U.S., has dealt his administration some of its most high-profile legal setbacks - including a recent ruling reversing Trump's attempt to phase out an Obama-era program that shields immigrants who arrived here illegally as children.

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The president would not discount the possibility of a partial government shutdown early in December over lawmakers' refusal to allocate the billions of dollars he is demanding for a border wall, the central promise of his 2016 campaign.

He later threatened to close the USA border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines Mexico has lost "control" on its side.

In another matter that has set off rule-of-law alarms, Trump also doubled down on his decision to accept Saudi Arabia's denial that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the October 2 assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi- and insisted that contrary to reports the Central Intelligence Agency has not concluded otherwise.

"They have not concluded". The court was so squarely on Trump's mind, he even said that it was - "a big thorn in our side" - during his Thursday call with the troops.

Khalilzad said, after last week's meetings with Taliban representatives in Qatar, his discussions were aimed at encouraging insurgents to engage in an intra-Afghan process to find a political solution to the prolonged war. "That's a big difference".

The President's authorization ensures the Department of Defense can step in to protect those who protect us, ' Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement on Wednesday.

He called her use of personal email - which appears to have violated federal records laws - "very innocent" and dismissed the comparison to Clinton, saying his daughter's private emails contained no classified information and were never deleted.

When Donald Trump was asked what he was thankful for, he mentioned his family before explaining why he was thankful for himself.

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