President Trump says troops now authorized to use ‘lethal force’ at border if needed

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CAMP DONNA, Texas (NBC) — While the president enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday in Florida, he announced he has authorized the use of lethal force by U.S. troops deployed close to the U.S. southern border.

NBC’s Dan Scheneman has the latest.

While U.S. troops enjoyed Thanksgiving near the U.S. border with Mexico, they received a new order from the president.

President Donald Trump said, “If they have to they’re going to use lethal force I’ve given the Ok. I hope they don’t have to.”

This order which could be challenged in court specifically says deadly force would be used only when reasonably necessary to ensure the protection of federal personnel.

The president also threatened to shut down the entire border.

“If we find it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control. “

Nearly 6,000 troops are deployed near the border to reinforce it against what the president has called “bad people.”

On the other side of the border, the number of migrants hoping to enter the U.S. continues to grow.

Local officials estimate some 6,000 migrants are in the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali and thousands more are expected to arrive.

As for U.S. troops, Thanksgiving may not be the only holiday spent near the border.


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