President Trump said troops deployed to the southern border should respond to any migrants throwing rocks at them as if they were being shot at, contradicting the rules of engagement they will be operating under, Task and Purpose reports.
The issue came up on Thursday when a reporter asked Trump if any of the troops being sent to the border might open fire on asylum seekers, who are fleeing Central America.
“They are throwing rocks viciously and violently. You saw that three days ago, really hurting the military. We are not going to put up with that. If they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”
Asked if he envisions the US military firing at migrants at the border, President Trump says: "I hope not."
"I will tell you this, anybody throwing stones, rocks … we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock." pic.twitter.com/mnsc56EFT7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2018
Now of course the democrats and fake news are using this as Trump bash bait, however I believe it is the CIC (Commander In Chief) using a statement to control the illegals as they approach, intimidation and focus to send direct message to the illegals. Our military at the border so far as we have been told, does not have an ROE (Rule Of Engagement) of lethal force.
Another vital part of the puzzle is that these propaganda sites are already accusing the President and our military of lethal force when in fact, the ROE’s are confidential and are still currently being created by the brass in the grass.
Standing Rules For The Use Of Force, which allows for troops to respond in self-defense in a proportional manner.
Air Force Capt. Lauren Hill, a spokeswoman for NORTHCOM, referred questions about the rules of engagement to the Pentagon.
“Our standard rules of force apply here, as with anything, deadly force is authorized in self-defense for those faced with an imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm.”
Air Force Gen. General Terrence John O’Shaughnessy, head of NORTHCOM, if the rules of engagement allow U.S. troops to shoot asylum seekers under certain circumstances.
“Let me be clear here, The U.S. military personnel that are going have very clear guidance that we’ve given them: It’s the standard rules for the use of force. It’s similar to if we were going to any location within the United States, we have these rules in place for a reason.”
Do not fall for the propaganda and lies being thrown around social media, our President has not ordered lethal force on unarmed illegals that are approaching our Southern border.
IF the situation turns HOT then VOA (violence of action) will be used to shut it down and in a hurry. IF this happens, do you support our soldiers going HOT? I do, they are deployed to protect the border and if lives are in imminent danger, then train how you fight, fight how you train!
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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