Trump may close border with Mexico entirely before election to ‘stoke’ GOP base: NYT reporter
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman (Photo: Screen capture)

President Donald Trump is considering sealing the southern border with Mexico, The New York Times reported Thursday evening.

"The effort would be the starkest indication yet of Mr. Trump’s election-season push to play to his anti-immigrant base as his party fights to keep control of Congress," The Times explained.

Earlier in the day, Trump lashed out at a caravan of asylumn seekers.

"To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally," Trump tweeted. "Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!"

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman predicted the threat of sealing the border would be a campaign theme for the commander-in-chief leading up to the midterms.

"Trump's tweet this morning wasn't a one-off - he is looking at closing the border entirely as a pre-election effort to stoke his base," Haberman tweeted.

"Not clear that this would ever actually happen, only that White House will likely drive it till Nov. 6," she added.