Trump renews threat of border closure, citing caravan of migrants from Mexico

Trump renews threat of border closure, citing caravan of migrants from Mexico

U.S. President Donald Trump called on Mexico to do more to block a new caravan of migrants and asylum-seekers traveling through the country toward the United States, reiterating his threat to close the border or send more troops.

"A very big Caravan of over 20,000 people started up through Mexico," Trump wrote on Twitter. "It has been reduced in size by Mexico but is still coming. Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military."

The U.S. leader noted Mexico was not doing enough to apprehend and return migrants and, without offering evidence, adding that Mexican soldiers recently had "pulled guns" U.S. troops, Reuters reported.

Trump also said the incident probably was "a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers" and armed troops were being sent to the border.

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