Mattis Approves Extending Border Deployment Through Next Year

ㅤ"Mattis said Saturday that the military’s engineer work to put in crowd control capabilities was completed but indicated there were other things with which troops could assist the DHS. He said no troops were serving in a law enforcement capacity, in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.
ㅤ’I’ll make certain that what we’re doing is appropriate for our troops, and if it is and Border Patrol needs the help, of course, we’ll provide it,’ he said Saturday at the Reagan Defense Forum in California.
ㅤ’We’ll stay strictly within the Constitution, strictly within our laws, and the law enforcement functions will be carried out by the appropriate people, either the Border Patrol or U.S. marshals or other federal police, but not by the U.S. military,’ he said."

Full story at Breitbart. Posted here on 12/5/18. See "dod, dhs, troops, border."

Trump to grant troops authority to protect border personnel from violence: report

ㅤ"President Trump is expected to give troops on the border the authority to protect Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel if they are attacked by migrants crossing into the country, CNN reported Monday, citing three U.S. officials.
ㅤCurrently, the troops at the border don’t have the authority to intervene if CBP personnel were to be attacked, CNN noted. The directive from Trump, which reportedly could be announced as soon as Monday night, will stipulate that any use of force by the troops must be ‘proportional.’"

Full story at The Hill. Posted here on 11/19/18. See "border, troops, cbp."

Pentagon: 'There will be additional force' beyond 5,200 troops sent to border

ㅤ"The Pentagon on Tuesday said the 5,200 troops to be sent to the border beginning this week is is expected to rise.
ㅤ’What I can confirm is there will be additional force over and above the 5,239, the magnitude of that difference I don’t have an answer for you,’ U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command head Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy told reporters at the Pentagon…"

Full story at The Hill. Posted here on 10/30/18. See "border, pentagon, troops, caravan."

Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad

ㅤ”President Donald Trump opened his first Christmas Eve in office by offering season’s greetings to U.S. troops stationed around the world and chatting up children who called into a Defense Department program that tracks Santa Claus’ flight path.
ㅤ’Today and every day, we’re incredibly thankful for you and for your families,’ Trump told the troops via video hook-up from his Florida estate, where he is spending the holidays with his family. ‘Your families have been tremendous. Always underappreciated, the military families. The greatest people on Earth.'”

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