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Trump threatens to cut off aid to Central America, ignoring State Department recommendations

Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the US, rest at the main square in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. - Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo, AFP journalists at the scene said. (Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s not clear what prompted Donald Trump’s Friday morning Twitter rampage—perhaps the news that most Americans blamed him for the government shutdown, maybe simmering anger at missing his planned vacation in Florida, or even just someone forgetting to TiVo Thursday’s episode of Hannity for him—but whatever it was, it led another rant about his racist border wall, along with a number of threats, including closing the border and:

twitter-content=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">…..Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money. Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1078638249562775552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 28, 2018</a></blockquote> ”>

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…..Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money. Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018

Never mind what the State Department said just 10 days ago:

The United States, joining an effort by Mexico, will commit to investing billions in Central America in hopes of ending the poverty, violence and drug-trafficking that are driving thousands of people in the region to undertake the difficult trek to the United States, the State Department announced on Tuesday.

And forget that his head of Customs and Border Protection told Congress:

… that solving the migrant crisis requires financial support for economic development in Central America and increased regional cooperation more generally.

Because leadership and common sense has no place in this administration. Or in the addled brain of Donald Trump




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