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Trump: ‘I hope’ US military does not shoot at migrant caravan

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Donald Trump on Thursday delivered remarks on immigration and
border security at the White House.

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  • President Donald Trump on Thursday said “I hope not” when
    asked whether the US military would shoot at thousands of
    migrants headed to the US-Mexico border. 
  • “I hope there won’t be that, but I will tell you this —
    anybody throwing rocks … we will consider that a firearm,
    because there’s not much difference,” the president said. 
  • Trump on Wednesday said as many as 15,000 troops could be
    stationed at the border as part of his administration’s response
    to the migrant caravan.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said “I hope not” when asked
whether the US military would shoot at thousands of migrants
headed to the US-Mexico border.

Trump also said rocks thrown at troops would be considered
firearms, seemingly claiming there’s little difference between
stones and bullets.

“I hope there won’t be that, but I will tell you this — anybody
throwing rocks … we will consider that a firearm, because
there’s not much difference,” the president added. 

The US military’s operation at the US-Mexico border,
known as Faithful Patriot
, is expected to involve over 7,000
active-duty troops, the Department of Defense
said in a statement on Wednesday
.

Trump on Wednesday said as many as 15,000 troops could be
stationed at the border as part of his administration’s response
to the migrant caravan, which would make the number of US
military personnel roughly equivalent to the number currently
deployed in Afghanistan.


Read more:
Trump says the US may send more troops to the US-Mexico border
than the US currently has deployed to
Afghanistan

Critics have labeled the operation a political “stunt,” but
Defense Secretary James Mattis
rejected this characterization.

The president has repeatedly suggested the caravan is full of
“tough” criminals with Middle Eastern terrorists hidden among
them, but
has not provided evidence to back up this assertion
. Many of
those in the caravan appear to be
women and children
, based on multiple reports from
journalists who’ve been following it closely. 

Trump has ramped up his rhetoric on immigration in recent days as
he seeks to make a strong closing argument for the Republican
party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections next Tuesday.

Many of his tactics, including an ad released Wednesday
falsely linking Democrats to a homicidal immigrant
, have been
widely condemned –
even by Trump’s fellow Republicans.

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