President Donald J. Trump holds a luncheon with the Baltic States Heads of Government

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President wants to put U.S. military at Mexico border

April 03, 2018 - 1:11 pm

Placing military troops on the border with Mexico may now be part of the White House's immigration and border security plans.

"I've been speaking with Gen. (Jim) Mattis, we're going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we're going to be guarding our border with the military," said President Donald Trump. "That's a big step."

Trump spoke to members of the media during a meeting with Baltic leaders at the White House Tuesday afternoon. Trump highlighted his concerns with illegal immigrants crossing the southern border of the United States, as well as denounced the previous administration's policies concerning immigration.

"They're in our country and we can't do anything about it because the laws that were created by democrats are so pathetic and so weak," Trump said.

Later in the afternoon during a press conference with the leaders of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, Trump again criticized previous immigration policies and reiterated his position about using the military for border security.

“So what we are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States,” he said. “We have a meeting on it in a little while with Gen. Mattis.”

During a press briefing at the Pentagon last Thursday, Chief Spokeswoman Dana White was asked about media reports that the president wanted the Department of Defense to pay for the wall and the possibility of using National Guard troops to guard the border.

She responded that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has talked with Trump about the proposal, "but I don't have any specifics with respect to anymore details than they have spoken about it."

"Remember, securing Americans and securing the nation is of paramount importance to the secretary," White added.