President Donald Trump has said he will end all aid to three Central American countries whose citizens have largely made up the recent so-called migrant caravans.

Trump also warned he would move to close the U.S. border with Mexico if Democrats don’t agree to fund the construction of a border wall.

“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” he tweeted Friday morning, Dec. 21. “Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!”

On Friday, Trump warned there would be numerous consequences if the wall is not funded. He suggested pulling back on the recently renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which now goes by name the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“The United States looses [sic] soooo much money on Trade with Mexico under NAFTA, over 75 Billion Dollars a year (not including Drug Money, which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a ‘profit making operation,'” he tweeted.

“Bring our car industry back into the United States where it belongs. Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico,” he carried on. “Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border.”

President Trump then said the U.S. would terminate aid with Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, which he said are doing “nothing for the United States but taking our money,” and referred to the caravans of migrants moving through those countries toward the U.S.

“Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!” he said.

President Trump’s incoming Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney said Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico.

The government shutdown began last Saturday after Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a funding package that would keep the government open and fund Trump’s promised border wall. Trump has demanded $5 billion for the barrier, but Democrats have refused, instead offering $1.3 billion for general border security.

With both sides refusing to budge and little activity on Capitol Hill amid the holiday break, there are no signs of the impasse ending anytime soon.

By TheBL

The Associated Press contributed to this report