United States President Donald Trump is threatening to deploy the military and close the country’s southern border as more Hondurans and Salvadorans join thousands of migrants in Guatemala heading north.

Key points:

  • Mr Trump says he is asking Mexico to stop the migrant “onslaught”
  • He says the issue is more important than the new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Mexico’s president

Several thousand Honduran migrants travelled this week through Guatemala headed to Mexico, with some hoping to cross into the United States to escape violence and poverty in Central America.

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Central American migrants hiked from Honduras through muddy jungle and residential streets, some toting babies along with backpacks, Reuters images show.

Mr Trump made the threat in a series of tweets, where he described the movement of migrants as an “assault on our country” by Central American nations, led by the Democratic Party.

The President yesterday tweeted – ‘I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S’.

Mexico’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mexico’s next foreign minister said he was not surprised by Mr Trump’s comments, but did not elaborate.

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepared to travel later in the day to Panama and then Mexico City, where he was to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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