‘This crisis is real and a potential threat to every American’: Alaska governor offers Trump use of his National Guard to patrol US-Mexico border 3,000 miles away

Sunday, February 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

Governor Mike Dunleavy offered President Donald Trump use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border Friday
He shared video message after POTUS announced a national emergency saying their National Guard ‘stand ready to support the national security crisis’
Dunleavy said the ‘crisis is real and a potential threat to every American’
His Press secretary didn’t know whether White House requested support
Matt Shuckerow reportedly said there was no planned movement of troops but if it happened the federal government would pay most of the cost

By LEAH SIMPSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
17 February 2019

Alaska’s new Republican governor has offered President Donald Trump use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, but a spokesperson for the politician said there’s no planned movement for the troops.

On the same day POTUS declared a national emergency to fund the building of a controversial border wall, Governor Mike Dunleavy said soldiers were available.

In a video message shared on social media around 3.30pm, the 57-year-old from Pennsylvania said: ‘Today I notified the @WhiteHouse & @realDonaldTrump that #Alaska and our National Guard – if called upon – stand ready to support the national security crisis on the US Southern Border.’

The state is about 3,000 miles north of the border but the 12th Governor appeared to agree with the American leader’s idea that the country is at risk without the construction.

‘While the southern border may seem far away and distant, this crisis is real and a potential threat to every American, including Alaskans,’ he continued in the clip.

‘I look forward to our congressional delegation and Alaskans joining me in support of the president’s mission to secure our borders. Thank you and have a great day.’

However Dunleavy’s press secretary Matt Shuckerow told the Anchorage Daily News that troops are going nowhere for now.

The publication reports Shuckerow admitted he wasn’t sure how the video came to be filmed and posted online or whether there was a specific request from the White House for Dunleavy to show his support.

He added that if they do send the Alaska National Guard to support the wall, the federal government would pay most of the cost.

It was after California and New Mexico this month decided not to support US Border Patrol.

Last April, along with Texas and Arizona, the states agreed to send troops. But after California’s Governor Gavin Newsom took over Governor Jerry Brown, he said last Wednesday that ‘California will not be part of this political theater’.

Calling the national emergency ‘manufactured’, he added: ‘I should be focusing on housing and homelessness and other more important things.’

After the national emergency was declared, two Democrats issued statements in extreme opposition.

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