President Donald Trump has slammed the door in the face of the Honduran migrant caravan that is intent on invading the United States.
President Donald Trump said the U.S. has shut down its border with Mexico because it’s ‘out of control’ but he didn’t elaborate on the details in his comments on Thursday.
‘Actually, two days ago, we closed the border. We actually just closed it. We say nobody is coming in because it was out of control,’ he said to reporters after he called U.S. troops to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.
‘It’s not that big a deal,’ he said.
The president said he signed an order closing the border two days ago.
When reporters asked if they could get a copy of the order, he responded: ‘You don’t need it.’
It’s unclear what the president meant by a border closing.
Asked to clarify what he meant, Trump said if ‘it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control. The whole border. I mean the whole border.’
Asked again to detail what he meant by closing the U.S. Souther border, Trump responded: ‘I have already shut it down. I already shut it down for short periods. I shut down parts of the border because it was out of control. With the rioting on the other side in Mexico. And I just said shut it down.’
In his remarks, the president also got in more slams at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled against his asylum ban for illegal immigrants last week.
‘We are doing really well considering the laws are a disaster. And if we had the right laws, it would be a lot less expensive and we would do it a lot easier, but we don’t have the right laws and we have people interpreting the laws and they always give us a bad interpretation. So hopefully we have shown some light on the Ninth Circuit,’ he said.
Trump also acknowledged his spat with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
‘I know that Chief justice Roberts, John Roberts, has been speaking a little bit about it. And I think – I have a lot of respect for him. I like him and respect him, but I think we have to use some common sense. It’s Ninth Circuit, everybody knows it, it’s totally out of control. What they’re doing, what they’re saying, the opinions are very unfair to law enforcement. They’re very unfair to our military. And they’re very unfair, most importantly, to the people of our country,’ he said.
Trump had launched another attack on the 9th Circuit earlier in the day and dismissed Chief Justice Roberts’ strong rebuke one day on from their extraordinary row over judicial independence.
Labeling the 9th Circuit a ‘complete and total disaster’ that is ‘out of control’, the president demanded in a tweet judges not be allowed to ‘legislate security’ in his early morning attack on Thanksgiving.
The new criticism comes one day after the almost unprecedented row between the Supreme Court Chief Justice and the president of the United States following a strong rebuke from Roberts over Trump calling the 9th Circuit ‘Obama judges’.