'Take Your Camera and Search': Trump Insists to Reporters MS-13, Terrorists in Migrant Caravan
President Donald Trump doubled down on his contention that terrorists could have infiltrated the Nicaraguan-Honduran caravan of migrants marching toward the United States through Mexico.
"They have a lot of everybody in that group. It's a horrible thing. It's a lot more than 5,000 people," Trump said at a press availability at the White House.
Reporters caught Trump as he was embarking on Marine One to head to Texas for a joint rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R).
Trump maintained he will seek to cut foreign aid to three countries that have not tried to stop their citizens from heading toward the United States, where he projects they will illegally immigrate.
Trump had named El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras as three problem states that get hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Earlier Monday, Trump tweeted that Mexican Federales appear to be "unable" to stop the caravan from marching north, and that "unknown Middle Easterners" and criminals are mixed in.
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
Trump told a reporter to "go into the middle of the caravan and take your camera and search" for the suspected terrorists, after the reporter challenged the president on the notion.
"You're going to find MS-13, you're going to find Middle Eastern[ers]," he said.
The caravan began last week in San Pedro Sula, Nicaragua, before heading northwest through Honduras and finally breaking through into Mexico.
However, Pacific Hurricane Willa is projected to slam western Mexico as a category four later this week. It is yet unknown whether it will affect the caravan's progress by that time.