President Trump Eases Up on Border Shutdown Threat

April 3, 2019

President Donald Trump eased up Tuesday on his threats to shut the U.S.-Mexico border this week as members of his administration explored half-measures that might satisfy the president’s urge for action. According to the AP, Trump did not back off on the idea completely, but said he was pleased with steps Mexico had taken in recent days, especially in regards to stopping foot traffic at certain crossings. “Let’s see if they keep it done,” he said of Mexico. “Now, if they don’t, or if we don’t make a deal with Congress, the border’s going to be closed, 100 percent.” He also said that he might only close “large sections of the border” and “not all of it.”