The general assured his audience that there was "no plan for the soldiers to come in with immigrants or to reinforce the Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission".
The first defense official said that in its response to DHS, the Defense Department said that if Homeland Security officials still want the reserve force of U.S. troops, they should ask the White House to formally grant the Pentagon the authorities to perform those additional functions.
Trump stirred controversy last Thursday when he told reporters at the White House that if incoming migrants hurl rocks at the troops, they would be met with fire. The border mission is considered non-combative, Manning said.
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Work is continuing on this, he said, adding: "Don't be under any illusions that there remains a significant amount of work to do". This has turned into a mess that nobody voted for and it's only going to get worse.
Trump changed his stance the following day.
"The only soldiers that are going to be armed during this mission are the soldiers that are providing force protection", said Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, echoing a statement by the Department of Defense that only "military police" who will be protecting the troops will be carrying weapons. They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there are going to be problems. "And three, do they have the capability, the wherewithal to perform the task we've asked them to accomplish?"
The deployment of active-duty soldiers is in addition to roughly 2,100 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border region since April to support CBP agents under the umbrella of a separate operation...
Even so, the Pentagon rejected the request for the reserve "protection" force, while it simultaneously approved all of DHS' other requests for support with Secretary of Defense James Mattis' approval.
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Members of the US Border Patrol called the fencing "necessary preparations" as upwards of 4,000-8,000 migrants march north through Mexico".
Manning said only military police would carry weapons and stressed that there were no plans for US troops to come in contact with protesters or migrants.
Manning noted that DHS had requested that active duty troops, rather than reservists - who usually partake in operations on United States soil - for this operation.
By voicing its opposition, the Pentagon helped ensure that its mission was tailored to providing support only to government personnel on the border.
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When Acosta tried to ask further questions, Trump became angry, demanding that the reporter sit down and give up the microphone. But they lost their majority in the House, a setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.
"The costs are being determined by our Comptroller and when we are in a position to provide them, we will do that", said Manning.