Saturday, April 13, 2019

More US troops likely to be sent to the southern border, acting defense secretary says

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said Friday that the Pentagon has yet to receive a formal request for additional support from the US military on the southern border but he expects that his department will be providing additional support. Shanahan also wouldn't say if troops will be involved in detaining migrants or running detention facilities for migrants -- only adding, "We haven't received any details on that, but I expect an increase in support will occur."President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he is "going to have to call up more military" to the southern border, adding to the administration's attempts to address a historic increase in the number of migrant apprehensions.While a formal request hasn't been made to the Pentagon, two US defense officials told CNN on Wednesday that Shanahan was summoned to the White House late Tuesday to discuss the situation at the southern border...MORE

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