October 29, 2018 / 8:35 PM / 16 days ago

U.S. military to deploy over 5,200 troops to Mexico border

Central American migrants walk after crossing the Suchiate river, the natural border between Guatemala and Mexico, to reach the U.S., as seen from Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will deploy over 5,200 troops, including soldiers who will be armed, to bolster President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the border with Mexico, a senior U.S. general said on Monday.

“I think the president has made it clear that border security is national security,” General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of the U.S. military’s Northern Command, told a news conference in Washington.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Peter Cooney

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