President Donald Trump told supporters at a Montana rally on Saturday that the barbed wire installed by active-duty troops deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border this week was "beautiful".
According to CNN, Dunford said the troops would be providing logistical support to the DHS, explaining, "so you'll see some soldiers down there right now that are putting up concertina wire and reinforcing the points of entry".
"When that comes to me as a military leader, I ask a couple of questions".
Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Rob Manning said on Monday that the Department was now considering the deployment of some 7,000 troops in total, although he acknowledged that it will depend on the needs of the border security forces who are responsible for the operation. The remark was short-lived as the next day Trump walked it back, saying that those who attack the U.S. military will simply be arrested in accordance with United States law.
"They want to throw rocks at our military, our military is going to fight back ... we will consider that a firearm" he had said on Thursday. But they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time.
The Trump administration last week ordered the deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to support Customs and Border Protection Agents in Texas, Arizona and California in response to the caravans.More news: Mel B claims Victoria Beckham WILL join the Spice Girls at Wembley
In fact, according to Splinter News, the Pentagon stood against the president's initial request, refusing to order soldiers to act in law enforcement capacities by acting as "crowd and traffic control".
The officials said that while there had been informal talks between the Department of Defense and DHS about having the military build tent facilities to house detained migrants, tents were never part of the formal request for assistance submitted by DHS and approved by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
Manning also pointed out that soldiers "do not plan to interact with the protesters or migrant" at the border.
Manning also clarified that Military Police (MP's) will be the only active duty forces to be armed during the operation.
Manning on Monday told reporters that troops would not patrol with CPB and are there in a mission-support role only.
"The costs are being determined by our Comptroller and when we are in a position to provide them, we will do that", said Manning.