President Trump poised to visit US-Mexico border in Calexico

President Trump poised to visit US-Mexico border in Calexico

President Trump poised to visit US-Mexico border in Calexico

Can't take you. Our country is full... "So turn around, that's the way it is".

Trump declared a national emergency in February, a move that came after a partial government shutdown and was met with outcry from members of both parties who claimed he was interfering with Congress.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council meeting in the Cabinet room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2019.

You know right now we have the president kind of backing off of the "let's seal the border completely" threat. We can't take you.

The rhetoric during Trump's border tour Friday continued days of escalating threats to shut down the US-Mexico border, although he gradually backed off the pledge in recent days.

The fence that Trump is touring in Calexico is a two-mile section that was a long-planned replacement for an older barrier, rather than new wall.

The Republican president's latest pronouncements, including a threat to impose auto tariffs on Mexico, are in response to a rising number of migrants, many of them families with children, travelling northward from Central America through Mexico and to the us border.

The court papers say President Donald Trump is overstepping his executive powers by diverting funds from the Department of Defence to Homeland Security for a border wall.

Trump, who campaigned on a promise to secure the border, has thrown virtually every option his aides have been able to think of at the problem, to little avail.

"I'll do it", he said.

For days, the White House had been signaling that he was serious about the threat and there was even speculation that he might announce a closing during his Calexico trip.

The tariffs idea is also causing confusion.

He said he'd give Mexico a one-year warning and potentially implement a 25 per cent auto tariff if the country didn't stop the flow of illicit drugs being smuggled into the US.

It was not immediately clear what other penalties he was considering.

Ordinarily, illegal border crossers would be promptly returned to Mexico. "We have agriculture industries across the country that desperately need workers". Some US companies have plants in Mexico, and the tariff would make those cars more expensive for Americans.

"The use of force incidents - which are more important to me than anything because it's assaults and incidents that directly affect our border patrol agents doing the job on the border - they dropped by 65 per cent in those two miles of 30-foot border wall".

Mr Trump said he reversed course because he saw Mexico get tougher in stopping illegal immigrants from moving north. It's a great deal, and it's very good for Mexico.

"This will supersede USMCA", he added.

In Mexico City, Economy Minister Graciela Marquez Colin urged Trump not to disrupt trade relations.

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