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Trump: Mexico Is 'Worse Even Than Afghanistan'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 1/31/2019 Chantal Da Silva

Defending his fight to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, President Donald Trump took to Twitter early on Thursday morning to describe how murder cases in Mexico have soared, contributing to a "the Humanitarian Crises taking place on our Southern Border." 

In his bid to describe just how dangerous the situation in Mexico has become, the president appeared to compare the country to Afghanistan, asserting that it was "worse even than Afghanistan." 

"Very sadly, Murder cases in Mexico in 2018 rose 33% from 2017, to 33,341," Trump said in an early morning tweet. "This is a big contributor to the Humanitarian Crises taking place on our Southern Border and then spreading throughout our Country. Worse even than Afghanistan."

"Much caused by DRUGS," the president added. "Wall is being built!"

In a following tweet, in which the president tagged Fox and Friends, the president added: "With Murders up 33% in Mexico, a record, why wouldn’t any sane person want to build a Wall! Construction has started and will not stop until it is finished."

a man wearing a suit and tie © Alex Wong/Getty

This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

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