Trump: Border Troops To Stay “As Long As Necessary”

The Hill reports:

President Trump on Saturday insisted that troops will be stationed at the southern border for “as long as necessary,” despite calls to send the service members home for Thanksgiving. Trump spoke with reporters at the White House before leaving for a trip to California, saying troops have built a “very beautiful fence.”

“The fence is fully manned, nobody gets through,” Trump said. “When they’re caught, they’re not released.” The number of active-duty U.S. military personnel station at the U.S.-Mexico border has “peaked” at roughly 5,800 troops, a top Pentagon official said Thursday.