President Donald Trump just gave a permission to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to do what he knows how to do best. Trump let Mattis get the job done, regardless of the consequences.
Now, Jim Mattis will be able to send troops to the Southern border with Mexico. He has the decisive power to allow the troops to engage in “military protective activities.”
Mattis said despite the new authorization, the current missions have not yet changed and that troops remain unarmed except for those whose specific job is to protect other deployed troops.
“There has been no call for any lethal force from the Department of Homeland Security,” he told reporters Wednesday. “We don’t have guns in their hands right now other than a couple of non-commissioned officers who at any point … are armed for force protection.”
“So there is no armed element going in … I will determine it based upon what DHS asks for, and a mission analysis, and when we do that, we’ll let you know what it is,” he said.