U.S. Senate Republican leader says closing Mexico border could be catastrophic

FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters following a policy luncheon in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters following a policy luncheon in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said closing the U.S. border with Mexico could have devastating economic consequences, and joined his Democratic colleagues in warning President Donald Trump against such a move.

“Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,” McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by James Dalgleish

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