Trump denies backing away from border threat

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Published on April 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:06s

Trump denies backing away from border threat

President Trump on Friday said he "never changed' his mind on shutting down the southern border and that he will follow through if necessary but prefers to impose tariffs if Mexico doesn't do more to stop illegal migrants and drug trafficking.

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Trump denies backing away from border threat

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Trump on Friday said he "never changed' his mind on shutting down the southern border and that he will follow through if necessary but prefers to impose tariffs if Mexico doesn't do more to stop illegal migrants and drug trafficking.

After backing away from a threat this week to immediately shut the border to stop a surge of migrants from Central America, Trump raised the specter of a 25-percent tariff on cars as a possible tool he could use to force Mexico to halt illegal immigration and drugs.

Trump also said he is considering an economic penalty apart from tariffs to counter the smuggling of drugs from Mexico across the southern U.S. border.

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