Trump not bluffing about closing U.S.-Mexico border, Conway says – POLITICO
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that President Donald Trump is serious about possibly closing the U.S.-Mexico border this week.
“It certainly isn’t a bluff. You can take the president seriously,” she said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding, Congress “can fix this.”
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“Congress can fix the problem of immigration that they’ve failed to fix. This president is looking at the metrics,” she said, adding the U.S. has “never seen a surge” in immigration “like this.”
On Friday, Trump said “there’s a very good likelihood” he would close the southern border this week.
“Mexico is going to have to do something, otherwise I’m closing the border,” Trump said.
“I’ll just close the border,” he added. “When you close the border, also you will stop a lot of the drugs from coming in.”
She also defended the president’s decision to cut off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Trump has claimed the governments of those countries had “set up” migrant caravans for entry into the United States.
“We need to send a message,” Conway said.
She brushed off the suggestion that ending aid would worsen life in those countries and cause more people to head for the United States.
“This is the classic case of what may happen … versus what’s right in front of us,” Conway said, adding that people in those countries are already facing “deplorable” conditions.
“We are over the melting point.”