Pentagon to send 'several hundred' troops to US-Mexico border: US official

AFP Washington, DC, USA Oct 25, 2018, 08.51 PM(IST)

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the troops would be used mainly to provide logistical support including tents, vehicles and equipment. 

The Pentagon is expected to deploy "several hundred" troops to the US-Mexico border, a US official told AFP Thursday, after President Donald Trump said the military would be used to tackle a "national emergency" on the border.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the troops would be used mainly to provide logistical support including tents, vehicles and equipment. 

Trump earlier tweeted that "Democrat inspired" laws make it difficult to stop people at the border. "I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency," he said.