GOP and business groups nervously mull how serious Trump is about closing the U.S.-Mexico border

The U.S. port of entry in Southern California

Economists and business groups say the costs of President Trump following through on his threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border would be very bad or worse, but many Republican lawmakers appears to believe there would be a political cost, too. A day after Trump's top aides insisted he wasn't bluffing in his weekend tweets and statements, "even administration officials and congressional Republicans were bewildered and guessing at his next move," Politico reports.

Trump has not taken any concrete steps to shut legal ports of entry, a "reasonably easy" thing to do "operationally," The Washington Post reports. And he has been quiet on the issue since returning from Mar-a-Lago late Sunday night. But Republicans are torn between regarding his threat as mere "bluster" or taking it seriously, Politico reports, "and some Hill Republicans warned that any dramatic disruption to regular traffic across the U.S.-Mexico border could bring Trump into a new confrontation with his own party."

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