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Trump administration officials were preparing to send a quarter of a million troops to the U. S.-Mexico border before former Defense Secretary Mark Esper shot the plan down, Esper said in an interview airing Sunday.
Former Trump advisor Stephen Miller was behind the effort to deploy 250,000 troops to the border to mitigate the flow of migrant caravans, Esper said during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” about his upcoming book. Esper said he was ultimately able to kill the plan after getting Gen. Mark Milley involved.
“It’s just so absurd. I can’t even consider it. I mean, again, we don’t even have 250,000 troops to send to the border. And to do what? It’s just ridiculous,” Esper said.
Esper was in the Oval Office waiting for President Trump with Miller when he first heard of the idea, which he said shocked him.
“We’re in a meeting waiting for the president to come out. We’re standing around the resolute desk, and he’s behind me and this voice just starts talking about caravans are coming and we need a quarter million troops,” Esper said.
“And I think he’s joking. And then I turn around and look at him and these dead pan eyes. It’s clear that he is not joking,” he added.
“We had developed a plan, initial concept of how [sending 250,000 troops to the U. S.-Mexico border] might happen. And I was just flabbergasted,” former Secre... (Read more)