Trump suggests up to 15,000 troops could deploy to border

VOA FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Evansville, Indiana, Aug. 30, 2018.

Oct. 31 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters his administration could send between 10,000 to 15,000 troops to the Southwest border, echoing Pentagon comments Tuesday that the Defense Department expects to send more than the 5,200 deployed this week.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump denied suggestions that the administration is using “fear mongering” to amplify the threat posed by a group of migrants traveling north through Mexico, some of whom said they intend to seek asylum in the United States. Earlier this week, the Pentagon deployed 5,239 troops to the border to assist Customs and Boarder Protection with an expected influx of border crossers.

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