On Sunday morning, White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert remarked on the U.S.-Mexican border during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” He said it’s like a leaking boat that needs to be fixed (see video below).
Bossert’s comments come after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border last week, amid some controversy.
“We’ve got a leaking boat on our border and we’re all quibbling with how much water’s in the boat and how fast we’re bailing it out. I think at this point the president’s been pretty clear,” Bossert said. “Enough is enough, fix the actual problem and stop that leak.”
Bossert continued: “I think the Guard’s always been something that we’ve considered. And what we do is we look carefully at trend lines and so there’s been a little bit of misreporting on this. Let’s see if I can help with that. A lot of the reporting tends to suggest that because we’ve seen record lows over the last 40 years [on] an annual basis that that’s good enough.”
The Hill reports: Border crossings are on the rise this year after dropping to a historic low after President Trump first took office.
Trump announced last week that he was ordering thousands of troops to the border until his long-promised border wall can be built.
The memo authorizes the use of Title 32 and Defense Department dollars for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel to support the Department of Homeland Security’s “southern border security mission while under the command and control of their respective governors through September 30, 2018.”
On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis signed off on the request. Arizona and Texas announced plans to send troops to the border this weekend.
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert tells @MarthaRaddatz sending National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border was always an option: “We have a leaking boat on the border… I think at this point, the president’s been pretty clear, enough is enough.” pic.twitter.com/DJxVk5EMXC
— ABC News (@ABC) April 8, 2018