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Honduras increases imports of US coal

Honduras coal imports from the United States surged last year despite the constant criticism from Donald Trump on immigration and border security issues.

Honduras showed a 242 percent year-to-date increase in US coal in the third quarter, making it the largest increase in coal of any country in 2018, according to new federal Energy Information Administration data.

Mr Trump had referred to a caravan of thousands of Hondurans seeking to migrate to the US as an "invasion", prompting him to send troops to the border to head them off.

The US president also said during a rally in November that Honduras does nothing for the US and that he will be cutting foreign aid America sends there very soon.

At the same time, Mr Trump has made exporting more coal a key part of his "energy dominance" agenda.

The number two country for increasing imports of US coal for power plants was Pakistan. Other more traditional allies, like Canada, France, and Germany, cut their imports of coal last year, according to the Energy Department.

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