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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments Warren promises gradual move toward 'Medicare for All' in first 100 days MORE (R-Ky.) warned on Tuesday of the "potentially catastrophic economic impact" if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes 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 SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action 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.