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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Contradicts Trump on Migrant Caravan: ‘Mexico Has Stepped Up in an Unprecedented Way’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Fox News Wednesday morning said that Mexico “has stepped up in an unprecedented way” to try to prevent a migrant caravan from crossing into the U.S., but President Donald Trump shortly after tweeted the opposite.

Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Sanders to comment on communications with Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, countries whose people are fleeing violence and poverty.

“Certainly we are in constant communication with other countries. Mexico has stepped up in an unprecedented way. We want to continue to be able to work with them,” Sanders replied.

Kilmeade pressed Sanders to elaborate on Mexico’s efforts.

“They have helped stop a lot of transportation means of these individuals in these caravans forcing them, walking,” Sanders said. “They have helped us in new ways to slow this down, to break this up, and keep it from moving as aggressively towards the U.S.”

But Trump tweeted later in the morning, saying that Mexican soldiers were “unable, or unwilling,” or “won’t” stop the caravan.

“The Caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people. Fought back hard and viciously against Mexico at Northern Border before breaking through. Mexican soldiers hurt, were unable, or unwilling to stop Caravan,” Trump said. “Should stop them before they reach our Border, but won’t!”

Sanders and Trump did send a unified message in regards to border security.

“Again, they can do more,” Sanders said of Mexico, “But at the end of the day, the president is going to secure our border. And he’s not going to let people that we don’t know who they are, why they’re coming or what they've come for, into our country.” She added that the U.S. has a legal process for those seeking to enter that that it would be enforced.

Trump in a subsequent tweet wrote that the U.S. military is being mobilized to the border and that “we will NOT let these Caravans, which are also made up of some very bad thugs and gang members, into the U.S. Our Border is sacred, must come in legally. TURN AROUND!”

Sanders has sent messages that conflict with Trump’s before.

In a press briefing on Monday, she said that only the individuals who commit crimes are responsible for the deaths, in reference to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Saturday and attempted pipe bomb attacks on Trump critics last week. But Trump earlier this year blamed video games for the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

10_31_18_SandersCaravan President Donald Trump attends a meeting on the global drug problem at the United Nations (UN) with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, a day ahead of the official opening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on September 24 in New York City. Sanders sent a different message about Mexico's efforts to stop a migrant caravan than what Trump tweeted. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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