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Trump's base nearly had a cow when NFL players took a knee because they said it was disrespectful to the military. Something tells me they won't mind at all that they're now being used as a political prop in a cheap election cycle stunt.

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Isn't that an awfully extreme number of troops heading towards the Border.

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Trump says he may send 15,000 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

 

President Trump said Wednesday that he would deploy as many as 15,000 military personnel to the border with Mexico in response to caravans of Central American migrants making their way northward, doubling the figure Pentagon officials have announced would be operating there. 

 

“We’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Control, ICE and everybody else at the border,” Trump said in remarks to reporters before departing Washington for a campaign rally in Florida. “Nobody’s coming in. We’re not allowing people to come in.”

 

Trump’s comments came a day after the general in charge of the border deployment said 5,239 active-duty troops would be heading to the border with more potentially to follow, in addition to the 2,092 members of the National Guard already there. 

 

It wasn’t clear whether Trump’s 15,000 figure included the National Guard deployment.

 

If the deployment reaches 15,000 troops, it would be roughly equivalent to the size of the U.S. military’s presence in Afghanistan and three times the size of the presence in Iraq. Already, the deployment is believed to be the largest of its kind in more than a century. 

 

Source - https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/ahead-of-midterm-elections-trump-says-he-may-...

 

 

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