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Trump Says He Will Send Armed Soldiers To U.S – Mexico Border (VIDEO)


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President Trump is furious over U.S. National Guard troops being stopped at gunpoint by Mexican military at the southern border.

In a tweet Wednesday, the president said the show of weapons was probably a “diversionary tactic for drug smugglers” and it “better not happen again.”

The president went further stating, “we are now sending armed soldiers to the border.”

His comment comes after U.S. soldiers were stopped and disarmed by Mexican troops this month while conducting a surveillance operation on the U.S. side of the border. In a separate tweet Wednesday, President Trump praised the men and women on the front line of the border crisis. More than 418,000 illegal aliens have been apprehended by Border Patrol and law enforcement this year despite little cooperation from Mexico.

Based on the incident report and a statement from the U.S. Northern Command, there is no evidence this encounter was “a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers.” The incident appears to have been caused by several misunderstandings.

According to the incident report, two U.S. active-duty soldiers were stationed in an unmarked vehicle on the US side of the border near Clint, TX. The two U.S. soldiers saw five or six people “dressed in green military digital camouflage uniforms” and carrying what were thought to be Mexican assault rifles. These individuals approached the vehicle in a “swift tactical manner” according to the report.

The U.S. soldiers were told at gunpoint to get out of the vehicle. They were then “gently searched” according to the report. One of the soldiers had his pistol removed and put into the unmarked U.S. vehicle. When the two were asked who they were working for and ‘why they were in Mexico” (all in Spanish) they identified themselves as members of the U.S. Army.

According to officials, only one of the U.S. spoke some Spanish and explained the situation to the group. The Mexicans told the two that they were in Mexico and needed to leave. The five or six Mexicans left after 5 to 10 minutes in a Ford pickup which had a “tactical rack on the back.” The U.S. soldiers did not see any identifiable seals, name tags, patches or symbols on the five or six Mexicans save for Mexican flags on the camo uniforms, according to the report.

President Trump encouraged Democrats in Congress to take action on border security.

This comes as House Democrats filed a lawsuit against the administration in an attempt to block the spending of discretionary funds on the border wall. They are claiming Congress did not authorize the funding.

Lisa Duncan

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