McConnell warns closing the border would have 'potentially catastrophic economic impact'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' Cicilline on Trump investigations versus legislation: 'We have to do both' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Ky.) warned on Tuesday of the "potentially catastrophic economic impact" if President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE closed the southern border.

"We certainly have a crisis on the border. I think the president’s right about that. 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.

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Trump, citing what he describes as a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, has recently renewed his threat to close it off entirely. 

The president on Tuesday told reporters in the Oval Office that if Congress doesn't pass stricter immigration laws, he will either shutter the border or "close large sections of the border."

"If we don’t make a deal with Congress, the Mexico border’s going to be closed. 100 percent," Trump said. "Or we’re going to close large sections of the border, maybe not all of it. But it’s the only way we’re getting a response, and I’m totally ready to do it," Trump said. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday also warned of a potential "economic disaster" if Trump closes the border and predicted that "cooler heads will prevail upon the president not to do it."

"The economic disaster to the country would be huge, and my guess is that cooler heads will prevail upon the president not to do it. It would be a disaster for him and a disaster for the country," Schumer told reporters.