President Trump denounced the governments of Central American countries that he said “did nothing” to stop the migrant caravan that pushed its way into Mexico and is heading north toward the U.S. He said that they betrayed the trust shown by the United States. “We give them hundreds of millions of dollars, they do nothing for us,” the president said at the White House before departing via helicopter to Andrews AFB where he was to leave on a campaign trip to Texas.
Trump was directing himself at the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The three isthmian countries account for the majority of the families and children that enter the U.S. illegally. The president has threatened to eliminate or reduce foreign aid to those countries. Trump has expressed frustration with the Mexican government, as well. On Thursday, approximately 200 Mexican federal police officers went to the border and made a show of force there when migrants crossed the international bridge that spans the Suchiate River that divides Mexico and Guatemala. After initial confrontations, during which several police officers and civilians were injured, police allowed the migrants to cross and accompanied them as they rested in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas State, and then began walking or taking trucks to Tapachula, a larger town nearby to begin their journey northward.
Earlier today, the president said he believes that there are terrorists among the migrants headed towards the U.S. Before departing for Texas, he reiterated the claim. “You’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern, you’re going to find everything,” he said.
The president said that the number of migrants in the caravan is greater than the 5,000 widely reported last week. Sources in Mexico calculate the number to be between 7,000 to 14,000. Reportedly among them are nationals from Angola, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere.