President Donald Trump, prompted by graphic stories about illegal immigration shared by his supporters, said Wednesday that additional troops may be dispatched to the southern border.
“I’m going to have to call up more military,” said Trump during a meeting with local officials and ranchers in San Antonio.
Thousands of troops have already been sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, with 3,750 in February alone.
President Trump further focused on his signature campaign promise – the wall – blasting the media for failing to report the construction of replacement barrier along the border as “new” sections.
“I ripped down a wall” that was “useless, and we built a new one. Some of them said we didn’t build a wall … what they don’t say is that we ripped it down” because “it was garbage,” Trump said, according to CNBC.
He then attacked reporters, telling them they were “dishonest people.”
The President didn’t, however, provide any information as to when he would deploy the troops or how many he planned to send to the border. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon commented on the President’s remarks.
Trump also retold some of the stories he had heard about the danger on the border, like the one about “dead people from Guatemala, from Honduras, from El Salvador, From Mexico” who had died trying to make their way to Houston.
As for the troops already at the border, Trump said they cannot act “like a military would act. Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy.”
He then complained about the “horrible laws that the Democrats” refused to change, saying they will pay a high price once 2020 came “for all of the things” including the Russia investigation that he again called “the fake witch hunt.”