President reducing funding to Central American aid over migrants

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says the U.S. will begin "cutting off, or substantially reducing" aid to three Central American nations over a migrant caravan heading to the U.S. southern border.

   Trump tweets: "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S."

   The three countries received a combined more than $500 million in funding from the U.S. in fiscal year 2017.

   Trump has raised alarm over a group of thousands of migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S., saying, "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan."

   He adds: "I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy." White House officials could not immediately provide details.

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