Trump says he wants military to guard U.S.-Mexico border until wall is built
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants the military to deploy troops along the U.S.-Mexico border to protect the nation until a wall is built at the southern border.
"We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That's a big step,” Trump said during a session at the White House with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. "We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing and, by the way, never showing up for court."
A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that putting troops on the U.S.-Mexico border had been under discussion but that no roll-out had been planned because of unresolved policy issues. The official said Secretary of Defense James Mattis did not want armed troops at the border.
Spokespeople for the Pentagon and Mattis did not immediately respond to requests for comment.