‘These aren’t little angels’: Trump claims migrant caravan is full of ‘hardened criminals’ and threatens to cut aid to Honduras and El Salvador if the march of 4,000 isn’t halted

Saturday, October 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

Trump said caravan of 4,000 Central American migrants is full of criminals and vowed to stop it
The group stormed the border gate in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Friday morning to cross into Mexico
They rushed at police carrying babies and children as they made their way over the Suchiate River
After smashing down the gate, the group screamed and sang in victory while running over the bridge
They were then met with Mexican police who threw tear gas into the crowd before agreeing to let them in
Earlier, they were forced to retreat to reorganize in Guatemala after being met with heavy resistance
The group is determined to get to the US and Mexico is the last country to traverse before they do
President Trump has made repeated pleas to Mexico’s government to help him stop the group from arriving
He threatened to close the US border with Mexico on Thursday as the caravan continued making progress

20 October 2018

President Donald Trump has again threatened to pull aid money from Honduras and El Salvador if migrant caravans headed to the U.S. are not stopped, and blamed Democrats for organizing the latest march, which he said is full of ‘hardened criminals’.

‘These are some bad people. These aren’t little angels. These are some hardened criminals coming up. And we’re not letting them in,’ he told reporters on Friday during a defense round-table in Arizona. ‘They put all the women and children up front, to show you how brave they are.’

He reiterated the sentiment in a rally in Mesa later Friday: ‘You got some bad people in those groups. You got some tough people in those groups, and I’ll tell you what, this country doesn’t want them!’

Earlier in the day, a column of some 4,000 Central American migrants burst through police barricades in Chiapas, Mexico, pouring over the border from Guatemala in their quest to reach the U.S. Many waved Honduran flags.

Trump also reiterated his threat to cut off foreign aid to Honduras and El Salvador if the waves of migration did not stop.

‘I called them I said very nicely, ‘You’re not going to get any money if you let this happen’ and all of a sudden, they’re starting to close it up tightly. They’re trying,’ Trump said.

The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, appeared to balk at the threat, announcing an agreement with Guatemala to send Honduran civil defense personnel to airlift any migrants who wish to return to Honduras. Salvadoran president Salvador Sanchez has not publicly addressed the caravan, which

Trump also said he spoke with Mexico and thanked the country for its assistance stopping the caravan, which was briefly halted at Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, before breaking through barricades manned by federal police and pouring into the country.

Trump added: ‘If that doesn’t work out, we’re calling up the military, not the guard, we’re calling up the military and we’re going to have the military stationed. They’re not coming into this country, they might as well turn back.’

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