Trump doesn’t rule out Soros fund­ing march

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - By John Wag­ner

WASH­ING­TON » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sug­gested Wednes­day that there might be truth to an un­founded con­spir­acy the­ory that phi­lan­thropist and Demo­cratic megadonor Ge­orge Soros is fund­ing a car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants, telling re­porters that he “wouldn’t be sur­prised” if that is the case. As he left the White House, Trump was asked whether he thinks some­body is fund­ing the mi­grant car­a­van that is slowly mak­ing its way through Mex­ico.

“I wouldn’t be sur­prised, yeah. I wouldn’t be sur­prised,” Trump re­sponded.

Asked whether the fun­der could be Soros, Trump said: “I don’t know who, but I wouldn’t be sur­prised. A lot of peo­ple say yes.”

Trump’s com­ments came in the wake of Soros be­ing tar­geted with a pipe bomb last week and the fa­tal shoot­ings this week­end at Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue by a sus­pect who posted fre­quently about the mi­grant car­a­van.

The White House did not im­me­di­ately re­spond Thurs­day to a ques­tion aboutwhat ev­i­dence Trump has that points to the pos­si­bil­ity that Soros, a wealthy Jewish donor, has funded a car­a­van that orig­i­nated in Hon­duras.

In other car­van news, Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants re­sumed their slow trek through south­ern Mex­ico on Thurs­day, as im­mi­gra­tion agents and po­lice nib­bled at the edges of the two car­a­vans cur­rently in the coun­try. Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties haven’t di­rectly tar­geted the main car­a­van of about 4,000 mi­grants, and ac­tivists aid­ing that group said they were shift­ing their route to­ward the Gulf coast, a path closer to the Texas border.

But a sec­ond, smaller car­a­van about 200 miles be­hind the first group ap­pears to be­more lead­er­less, gets less press at­ten­tion and is more vul­ner­a­ble. A fed­eral of­fi­cial who was not au­tho­rized to be quoted by name said 153 mi­grants in the sec­ond car­a­van were de­tained Wednes­day dur­ing high­way in­spec­tions.

Ge­orge Soros

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