If you thought it was asinine that President Trump was sending 5,000 American soldiers to the Mexican border, you’re going to really hate what he’s talking about now.
On Tuesday, Trump told a group of reporters that he’s thinking of upping that previous number by more than 3 times. He says, that in addition to the border patrol that is already there, as Commander-in-Chief, he may just send 15,000 more.
Breaking: Trump, talking to reporters before leaving WH for Florida, says troop deployment to border may go up to 10,000 to 15,000 on top of border patrol officers.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 31, 2018
As of now, we don’t know how many will officially be sent, but Trump is trying to derail a caravan of immigrants moving their way from Guatemala.
Given the fact that they are no where near the U.S./Mexican border, and the main caravan is moving so slowly, why is Trump wanting to send so many troops?
As troops prepare to head to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump tells migrants to turn around.
The main caravan is still in southern Mexico and moving slowly, AP reports pic.twitter.com/nNU44Rd4u6
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) October 31, 2018
Right now, the whole thing looks to be one giant show of force for his supporters for the midterm elections.
Many are saying that even 5,000 troops is too much. Retired Army General David McGinnis says the military shouldn’t be used for this type of situation.
Retired Army General David McGinnis calls Trump’s decision to send troops to the US-Mexico border “totally inappropriate,” adding, “we don’t see the crisis that justifies the use of the federal military in this situation” https://t.co/F7UBNFWhSx pic.twitter.com/rmrL5SgNpD
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 31, 2018
Trump was even called out for it by conservative host Laura Ingraham:
“What’s the military going to be able to do? Obama and Bush sent in the national guard. It had no effect.”
Trump’s response? “They’re not me. I’m sending up the military.”
Baffling exchange last night, when Trump is asked what sending more troops to the border will do given that Obama and Bush both sent the National Guard and it had “no effect.”
“But they’re not me – this is the, I’m sending up the military. This is the military.” pic.twitter.com/TYQHXzFNAW
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) October 30, 2018