President Trump gave ‘direct legal order’ for military to secure border – Acting Secretary of Defense

In an interview with Fox News this morning the man who Trump has nominated to be the new defense secretary, replacing General Mattis, says that Trump has given the military a legal and direct order to secure the border and they are going to be there to see it through:

FOX NEWS – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in an exclusive “Fox & Friends” interview Monday that there is a “crisis” at the southern border and he will follow President Trump’s “direct legal order” to provide security.

Shanahan, who will be nominated by President Trump to be defense secretary after serving since Jan. 1 in an interim capacity, was asked by Brian Kilmeade about critics who do not want Defense Department funds to be shifted to border security.

“We have a crisis at the border, a national emergency declared by the president,” he responded. “The commander-in-chief has given me a direct legal order to secure the border. I’m securing the border.”

Shanahan visited a border city in Texas on Saturday, where he noted that he intended to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the administration’s ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon’s continuous help.

He also offered assurances the Pentagon would not withdraw its military support prematurely.

“We’re gonna be here until the borders are secure,” he told Kilmeade. “We’ve got to have the backs of the men and women here who are being overrun.”

Shanahan told Congress this past week that there have been 4,364 military troops on the border, including active-duty and National Guard, building barriers, providing logistics and transportation service and other activities in support of Customs and Border Protection. The troops have been prohibited from performing law enforcement duties.

Troops have been deployed on the border since last October and are set to remain there through September.



I love the fact that Shanahan says “We’ve got to have the backs of the men and women here who are being overrun.”

As I’ve said all along I believe this is a great job for the military, to help secure our border. They aren’t performing law enforcement duties, but rather building infrastructure to keep Americans safe.

Watch the full interview above…

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52 thoughts on “President Trump gave ‘direct legal order’ for military to secure border – Acting Secretary of Defense

  1. With thousands swarming the border, we need to change our laws, in the meantime, put another 1,000 troops on the border.

    1. To do what? Stand there and watch?

      “The troops have been prohibited from performing law enforcement duties.”

      1. I guess you skipped over the first part of my sentence about changing our laws, the increased troops on the border is a deterrent. We currently only have 4,000. The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits active duty to do law enforcement, however logistical support is very much appreciated by our BP. We also need another 1,000 BP. I believe the President is seeing to that.

  2. Rules of engagement need to be changed. BP as well as the military are babysitting. Everyone who talks about this never mentions enforcing the existing laws. Cut everyone off from free stuff. Start there and you have plenty of money and people to fight the cartels…

    1. Too much common sense in your comment, @new-west!! Gov’t types don’t deal in that 😕

  3. I like Patrick Shanahan. He knows how to bob and weave and still accomplish the goal. He has a great attitude, isn’t afraid to speak his mind and, yet, understands Trump has the final word. I’m glad he’s keeping the military on the southern border. It’s a good thing.

  4. I’m one of those people being overrun. I basically feel as if I live in Mexico half the time. Its disgusting. These rats (illegals) get away with damn near everything while at the same time local and federal government keep putting their foots on our(citizens) necks and nickel and dime the shit out of us.

    1. I’m in pretty much the opposite situation. I see almost none of the negative (some crime, but very little), and we have cheap manual labor and excellent Mexican food.

      Then again, the vast majority of higher paying jobs here are very skilled, and there’s an existing population of rather poor folks here.

      West and North of me, though, it’s practically Mexico.

    2. Feeling it here, too @ryan-o..Even tho it’s been almost a decade now, I will never, ever, forget being hit by an illegal who ran a red lite. He didn’t even get a ticket, much less deported. ( It was interesting, the police just couldn’t figure out which one of us ran the lite :facepalmg: ) I was left holding the bag so to speak. Insurance hike and a hefty deductible.

      1. We were rear ended by an illegal. They ran, as usual. I chased them, got their plate number. Called cops. Gave a description of the person. They went to the residence and said some old Mexican lady said it was her car and she was driving. Lied, of course. It was a 20 something driving. Cops basically said it was to much of a pain to identify these people and let them skate. My ass would’ve been in jail. But, I’m a citizen.

        1. Gosh, sounds like we’re neighbors, dealing w/ the same PD. The ‘sanctuary’ bull is going to be the death of us.

          1. I’m amazed when I go to the DMV and they rake these 16 year old kids over the coals to get a license. All sorts of identification they have to have. Proof of this. Proof of that. On and on. Illegals? Birth certificate? Nope. Anything? Nope. Here’s your license!

  5. Imagine that! A president who asks the military to secure our nation instead of building another one on the other side of the world and whose people don’t really like us!!!

  6. building barriers, providing logistics and transportation service and other activities in support of Customs and Border Protection

    What exactly does this mean? I get that they’re there to back up the BP – but how exactly, since they’re proscribed from enforcement duties? Are they simply providing military vehicles and organizational structures?

    This is another one of those times where I wish the Trump Admin wasn’t so vague. I mean, yea – “sending troops to the border” probably plays very well in the opinion polls… but what exactly is being done that is helpful?

    1. I’ve a feeling they’re manning the food lines and providing transportation for the illegals to the holding areas.. unfortunately.

    2. My army unit supported CBP from 1997 to 2001. We were expressly prohibited from arresting or transporting a detainee.

      What we could do was stop a vehicle/individual if it illegally crossed, search for contraband, destroy said contraband in the field, and engage in defensive combat operations under a strict ROE. We were often tasked with tailing suspected drug traffickers deep into the country and calling in local LEO to arrest. And we were cheap muscle for tactical entry teams in areas where the local cops really couldn’t afford a fully equipped and trained SWAT.

  7. With thousands swarming the border, we need to change our laws, in the meantime, put another 1,000 troops on the border.

    1. To do what? Stand there and watch?

      “The troops have been prohibited from performing law enforcement duties.”

      1. I guess you skipped over the first part of my sentence about changing our laws, the increased troops on the border is a deterrent. We currently only have 4,000. The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits active duty to do law enforcement, however logistical support is very much appreciated by our BP. We also need another 1,000 BP. I believe the President is seeing to that.

              1. Don’t troll @atomicsentinel.

                He’s just saying he’s glad troops are on the border to secure it and is in favor of sending even more for that purpose.

  8. I like Patrick Shanahan. He knows how to bob and weave and still accomplish the goal. He has a great attitude, isn’t afraid to speak his mind and, yet, understands Trump has the final word. I’m glad he’s keeping the military on the southern border. It’s a good thing.

  9. I’m one of those people being overrun. I basically feel as if I live in Mexico half the time. Its disgusting. These rats (illegals) get away with damn near everything while at the same time local and federal government keep putting their foots on our(citizens) necks and nickel and dime the shit out of us.

    1. Feeling it here, too @ryan-o..Even tho it’s been almost a decade now, I will never, ever, forget being hit by an illegal who ran a red lite. He didn’t even get a ticket, much less deported. ( It was interesting, the police just couldn’t figure out which one of us ran the lite :facepalmg: ) I was left holding the bag so to speak. Insurance hike and a hefty deductible.

      1. We were rear ended by an illegal. They ran, as usual. I chased them, got their plate number. Called cops. Gave a description of the person. They went to the residence and said some old Mexican lady said it was her car and she was driving. Lied, of course. It was a 20 something driving. Cops basically said it was to much of a pain to identify these people and let them skate. My ass would’ve been in jail. But, I’m a citizen.

        1. Gosh, sounds like we’re neighbors, dealing w/ the same PD. The ‘sanctuary’ bull is going to be the death of us.

          1. I’m amazed when I go to the DMV and they rake these 16 year old kids over the coals to get a license. All sorts of identification they have to have. Proof of this. Proof of that. On and on. Illegals? Birth certificate? Nope. Anything? Nope. Here’s your license!

            1. I’m convinced I’ll get a lot farther if I just give up and change my name to Juana Herrero

    2. I’m in pretty much the opposite situation. I see almost none of the negative (some crime, but very little), and we have cheap manual labor and excellent Mexican food.

      Then again, the vast majority of higher paying jobs here are very skilled, and there’s an existing population of rather poor folks here.

      West and North of me, though, it’s practically Mexico.

  10. Rules of engagement need to be changed. BP as well as the military are babysitting. Everyone who talks about this never mentions enforcing the existing laws. Cut everyone off from free stuff. Start there and you have plenty of money and people to fight the cartels…

    1. Too much common sense in your comment, @new-west!! Gov’t types don’t deal in that 😕

  11. Imagine that! A president who asks the military to secure our nation instead of building another one on the other side of the world and whose people don’t really like us!!!

  12. building barriers, providing logistics and transportation service and other activities in support of Customs and Border Protection

    What exactly does this mean? I get that they’re there to back up the BP – but how exactly, since they’re proscribed from enforcement duties? Are they simply providing military vehicles and organizational structures?

    This is another one of those times where I wish the Trump Admin wasn’t so vague. I mean, yea – “sending troops to the border” probably plays very well in the opinion polls… but what exactly is being done that is helpful?

    1. I’ve a feeling they’re manning the food lines and providing transportation for the illegals to the holding areas.. unfortunately.

    2. My army unit supported CBP from 1997 to 2001. We were expressly prohibited from arresting or transporting a detainee.

      What we could do was stop a vehicle/individual if it illegally crossed, search for contraband, destroy said contraband in the field, and engage in defensive combat operations under a strict ROE. We were often tasked with tailing suspected drug traffickers deep into the country and calling in local LEO to arrest. And we were cheap muscle for tactical entry teams in areas where the local cops really couldn’t afford a fully equipped and trained SWAT.

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