Trump's Threat to Close Border Stirs Fear of Fruit, Vegetable Shortages


CC0'Reason Enough for Uprising'? Looming US Avocado Crisis Dismays Twitter Amid Washington Mexico Border Row

One gauge of avocado prices is having its biggest gain in nearly a decade as consumers weigh the latest rhetoric from Donald Trump on his threat to close the USA border with Mexico, a major supplier of the fruit.

Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said that "a full shutdown of the U.S".

"Well, I haven't made that intention known", the president said, asked during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg if he's closing the border this week.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen canceled her work trip to Europe to return to the oversee the response.

Responding to Trump's threats, Nielsen rushed home late Monday night from Europe, where she was attending G7 security meetings and meant to fly to the border mid-week to assess the impact of changes already made, including reassigning some 2,000 border officers assigned to check vehicles to deal with migrant crowds and new efforts to return more asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait out their case. But the White House is bracing for the possibility and internal planning has reached an advanced stage, according to the three people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the deliberations.

Mr. Trump has not said exactly what he has in mind by closing the border but Homeland Security officials say they have had plans for years for shutting down ports of entry.

Trump said Democrats do not want the border to be closed because of the economic costs it will have each day it is closed. I think if Trump was bold enough to follow through on a threat to close down the government, he'll probably be determined to follow through on this threat, too, regardless of short-term consequences.

"If this happens - and I certainly hope it doesn't - I'd hate to go into a grocery store four or five days later and see what it looks like", Jungmeyer said.

He tweeted Friday that he would be "CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border", in the coming week if Mexico does not crack down on illegal border crossings. It's insane. The question is, can we deal with that and not have any economic damage?

"We're watching it and looking for ways to allow the freight passage", top Trump White House adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNBC Tuesday.

And when the Otay Mesa, California, entry port closed for the night Monday, 150 trucks were still waiting to get into the U.S. "We're going to close the border".

Truck drivers attempting to deliver goods from Mexico into the United States have been reporting nightmarish gridlock at the border crossing because of staffing problems.

That was a sign of efforts within the administration to slow-walk and minimize the impact of Trump's renewed threat last week to seal the border, and quickly.

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