Just when it seemed border wall rhetoric couldn’t be amped up another notch, there’s news of a new caravan forming in Honduras.
This wave of refugees is set to begin its journey at 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to social media posts intended to galvanize marchers.
It’s unclear how many Central Americans will partake in the procession, which begins 1,600 miles south of the U.S. border amid political unrest abroad. The President has already used it to raise the stakes in his battle with Congress to free up $5.7 billion to construct a wall.
“So far, it’s bigger than anything we’ve seen and a drone isn’t going to stop it and a sensor isn’t going to stop it,” Trump told reporters last week. “You know what’s going to stop it in its tracks? A nice, powerful wall.”
The government has been partially shut down since Dec. 22 with the President insisting he won’t move forward until house Democrats allocate funding for the border wall he’s promised his base since beginning his campaign for the presidency in 2015.
Democrats have refused to budge, reminding the President he promised Mexico would pay for the wall. Trump now says Mexico will pay for the wall indirectly through a proposed trade deal congress hasn’t approved, either.
President Trump also said last week that he was trying to break up the caravan that will start its journey north shortly before sunrise Tuesday with many participants likely stopping well short of the U.S. Trump continued his promise to “secure the border” Monday afternoon on Twitter.
“For decades, politicians promised to secure the border, fix our trade deals, bring back our factories, get tough on China, move the Embassy to Jerusalem, make NATO pay their fair share, and so much else — only to do NOTHING (or worse),” he wrote. “I am doing exactly what I pledged to do, and what I was elected to do by the citizens of our great Country. Just as I promised, I am fighting for YOU!”
Last week, the President claimed that “some of” the living ex-presidents have told him they wish they’d built a border wall when they were in office. Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have all denied having any such discussion with Trump. ___
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