WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to close the southern border as soon as next week if Mexico doesn’t “immediately” step up its efforts to block immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.
“This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and ‘talk,'” Trump posted on Twitter, reupping a threat he has made repeatedly before. “We lose so much money with them…that the Border closing would be a good thing!”
Similar threats in the past have raised questions over the authority of the president to seal the border, the logistics of such an endeavor, and the widespread consequences it would have on Americans’ ability to trade, travel and even eat.
Trump, who previously threatened to close the border over immigration, has brought the issue up several times this week. Energized by a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that found “no collusion” with Russia in the 2016 election, Trump has been relitigating longstanding fights this week over healthcare, immigration and even disaster aid to Puerto Rico.