WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon stated on Wednesday it will not consult with a mission to ship 1000’s of troops to the U.S. border with Mexico as “Operation Trustworthy Patriot,” a reputation critics noticed as having political overtones.
“We’re not calling it by the identify Operation Trustworthy Patriot,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. He stated the Pentagon would, as a substitute, say the mission was in help of Customs and Border Safety (CBP), however he didn’t give a cause for the identify change.
There are greater than 7,000 active-duty U.S troops close to the border with Mexico.
A number of teams, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, had accused President Donald Trump of politicizing the navy forward of Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections.
Trump had hardened his stance on immigration forward of the vote, and drew consideration to a caravan of migrants that was trekking via Mexico towards the USA.
U.S. Protection Secretary Mattis has rejected criticism that the troop deployment was a political stunt.
The Pentagon transfer comes after Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their management of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s vote, following a divisive marketing campaign marked by fierce clashes over race and immigration.
Nonetheless, Republicans misplaced their majority within the Home, a setback for the president after a marketing campaign that grew to become a referendum on his combative management.
Earlier this week, Reuters reported that the Trump administration mentioned utilizing the U.S. navy to construct amenities to deal with detained migrants as a part of its mission on the Mexican border, however the thought was dropped after the Pentagon expressed doubts about it.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Modifying by Bernadette Baum)