October 29, 2018 / 9:03 PM / 10 months ago

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

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to mark six months since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

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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