Trump pledges ‘strong action today’ on the Mexican border as he prepares to send National Guard troops to patrol

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

President Trump said in a shock announcement on Tuesday that he’s sending troops down to the southern border until his wall is finished
White House clarified later that he was talking about the National Guard
Has offered no additional details on the deployment but Trump said this morning that he’d be taking ‘strong action today’
A caravan of Honduran migrants traveling through Mexico set the president off
Caravan is being broken up by Mexican authorities as Trump demanded, however he has used the sitution to renew his border security demands

4 April 2018

President Donald Trump foreshadowed another announcement this morning having to do with his military deployment to the border, saying in a tweet that he’d be taking ‘strong action today.’

The White House indicated on Tuesday evening that Trump was referring to a mobilization of the National Guard but has offered no additional details and has not returned’s requests for comment.

‘Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong,’ the president today said. ‘Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked….CRIME!’

He added without further comment, ‘We will be taking strong action today.’

Trump said in a shock announcement on Tuesday that he’s sending troops down to the southern border to protect the country from illegal immigrants until his wall is finished.

He did not provide any details on the military deployment he envisions such as how many troops he anticipates and from what branch or branches, and the White House had to clarify later that he was referring to a National Guard deployment.

‘Until we can have a wall and proper security we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,’ Trump said at a meeting with Baltic state leaders. ‘That’s a big step.’

U.S. law may have prohibited the deployment of active duty armed personnel to carry out domestic law enforcement functions. The last two presidents have utilized the National Guard at the southern border, however, providing Trump with a legal precedent to rely on for such a deployment.

Trump has been fuming for days about a caravan of migrants from Honduras making their way through Mexico. On Tuesday Trump also threatened to cut off aid to Central America unless Mexican authorities disbanded it.

Upon hearing that the caravan was being broken up later in the day, Trump took credit for it, warning that it would have been an impediment to the trade negotiations that the U.S. is currently engaged in with Mexico.

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