WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that U.S. troops he dispatched to the nation’s border will use lethal force to stop migrants attempting to enter the country “if they have to.”
Earlier this week, Trump authorized the military to use its rules of engagement, rather than those of domestic law enforcement agencies, at the border.
“If they have to, they’re gonna use lethal force,” he said. “I’ve — I’ve given the OK. If they have to. I hope they don’t have to.”