WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump is said to be weighing military options in response to a nearly one million-strong human caravan currently making its way through southern Mexico en route to the U.S. border, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Wednesday. The massive caravan, which Sanders said “can be seen from space,” is believed to be mostly made up of migrants fleeing violence in Central and South America.
“In addition to those who may or may not be seeking asylum, there are reports of thousands of Islamic militants, Mexican drug smugglers, Eastern European arms dealers, Iranian intelligence agents, transgenders, and a handful of undocumented workers affiliated with the Special Counsel investigation who are known to vote and donate Democratic,” Press Secretary Sanders warned, adding that if congressional Democrats fail to provide funding for the border wall before the caravan reaches the U.S. border, “the blood will be on their hands.”
Citing unspecified intelligence reports, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller told Real News Right Now that the one million-strong caravan is currently moving “northward at approximately five miles per hour” through Mexico’s Trans-Mexican Volcano Belt. “It’s certainly feasible that the mountains could slow them down or cause small groups to branch off,” Miller speculated before concluding, “Either way, we need to prepare for the worst.”
President Trump chimed in Wednesday afternoon in a tweet to the American people, saying, “We are facing [a] NATIONAL EMERGENCY on our southern border with no help from Nancy and the Democrats. The Wall must be built IMMEDIATELY.” Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) told senate Republicans to prepare for “the very real possibility” of another government shutdown. “The president and I are in agreement that it may be necessary to divert funding from certain domestic programs in order to defend the nation from this grave threat,” Mr. McConnell was quoted as saying.
“A wall might not even stop them at this point, we don’t know,” Mr. Trump told reporters following an intelligence briefing at the White House on Wednesday. “I’m told they’re leaving a trail of death and destruction the likes of which has never been seen before,” the president said moments before boarding Marine One. “We’ll have to see what happens but we might need some very big bombs -and believe me, we have them- but as I just told my defense secretary, whatever it takes. We’ll do whatever it takes.”