Trump backs down on border threat

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President Trump is backing away from his threat to close U.S. border crossings with Mexico, saying he now wants to give the Mexican government one year to stem the tide of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and gang violence along the border.

 “If the drugs don’t stop, Mexico can stop them if they want, we’re going to tariff the cars, the cars are very big, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll close the border,” Mr. Trump said Thursday.

 The president will travel to the border Friday to inspect a newly completed section of wall and speak with border patrol agents.

 Hundreds of thousands cross the border legally each day ANALYSTS SAY A SHUTDOWN WOULD COST CLOSE TO $2 BILLION EVERY DAY.

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