President Donald Trump threatened Friday to shut down trade and immigration at the border completely while speaking to reporters in Canal Point, Florida.
"Mexico is making absolutely a fortune with the United States they have a trade surplus of over a hundred billion dollars, which is far bigger than anybody understands, they've had it for many years," he said.
"And either they're gonna stop," he continued, "they have the strongest immigration laws anywhere in the world and we have the weakest most pathetic laws. Number one, Congress has to act and number two, Mexico can make so much money from the United States and so many other things, so many other assets, they have to grab it and they have to stop it!"
The president blamed Mexico for not doing enough to stop illegal crossings into the United States.
"We have right now two big caravans coming up from Guatemala," he added, "massive caravans walking right through Mexico. So, Mexico's tough, they can stop them, but they choose not to. Now they're gonna stop'em, and if they don't stop them, we're closing the border, they'll close it, and we'll close it for a long time, we're not playing games.
"Mexico has to stop it!" he concluded.
Trump was reiterating the threat he had made earlier in a tweet from his social media account.
"Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country," he tweeted. "They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don't care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!"
Trump appeared to be responding to a group called "the mother of all caravans" by Mexico's Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero. The newest caravan could have as many as 20,000 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Here's the video of the president's threat to Mexico:
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