DC Daily: Trump threatens to slash aid to Central American nations as caravan approaches

Here's what's making headlines in the political world on Monday, October 22, 2018:

Trump says he will cut aid to 3 Central American countries over caravan
-- President Trump took to Twitter to blast U.S. immigration policies but also announce the U.S. would be “cutting off” aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Trump's statements come as a massive caravan of migrants inch closer to Mexico's border to the U.S.

Trump tweeted Monday morning: “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. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.”

He also said: “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!”

The president took the opportunity to slam Democrats for current immigration laws: “Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.”


Human Rights Campaign to Trump admin: Don't roll back transgender protections
-- The Human Rights Campaign on Sunday called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people, following a report in The New York Times on a draft proposal.

"Setting a destructive precedent, the Trump-Pence administration intends to erase LGBTQ people from federal civil rights protections and eviscerate enforcement of non-discrimination laws," the group's president, Chad Griffin, said in a statement.

HRC is among the nation's most prominent LGBTQ rights groups, and its statement Sunday called on Congress to pass legislation enshrining protections it says are at threat should the Trump administration go forward with the reported plan.

The Times report said the Department of Health and Human Services is working to define sex under Title IX as solely male or female at birth, with no room for change. The proposal could formally be presented to the Justice Department by the end of the year, sources told the Times.

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CNN contributed to this report

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