April 3, 2018 / 6:35 PM / 3 months ago

Trump to meet with Mattis to discuss military protecting U.S. border with Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he is meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis to discuss a proposal for the military to secure the country’s border with Mexico.

With U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis at his side, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Baltic Summit at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“We are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States. We have a meeting on it in a little while with General Mattis and everybody, and I think that it’s something we have to do,” Trump told reporters at a joint news conference with leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Trump told reporters at the White House earlier on Tuesday that he had already discussed the idea with Mattis.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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