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The Wall Street Journal: Trump now says he may send up to 15,000 troops to border

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is prepared to deploy as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in anticipation of a caravan of Central American migrants, sharply increasing the number the administration had signaled earlier in the week.

“They are not coming in our country,” Trump told reporters before departing for Florida and a political rally.

Earlier in the day, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border and rejected criticisms that the U.S. military’s operation was motivated by midterm politics, saying: “We don’t do stunts.”

The military mission at the border, dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot, marks the largest single deployment of U.S.

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