Friday 22 September 2017

White House denies plans to use 100,000 troops to round up unauthorised immigrants

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Nick Allen

The White House has denied a report it is considering mobilising as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorised immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border.

An 11-page draft memo, obtained by the Associated Press, calls for the unprecedented militarisation of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sean Spicer, Mr Trump's spokesman, said the suggestion was "100pc false".

The proposal includes 11 states. Four of those border Mexico. They are California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The other seven states are further north. They are Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Governors in all 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, the memo said.

The memo was written by Mr Trump's US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.

Speaking on board Marine One Mr Spicer denied suggestions the National Guard was being mobilised.

He said: "That is 100pc not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this.

"There is no effort at all to round up, to utilise the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants."

It came as the Kremlin has responded to Mr Trump's wild 75-minute press conference on Thursday by ordering state-owned television to stop broadcasting coverage of the US president.

It was the latest signal that Russia is losing confidence that friendly relations could be established with the US under Mr Trump.

President Donald Trump points to a member of the media as he takes questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump points to a member of the media as he takes questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

It emerged that Mr Trump's choice for national security adviser, Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, had turned him down.

CNN reported that he had told a friend the job would be a "s*** sandwich".

Mr Harward issued a statement saying he had turned it down for family reasons.

Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's spokesman, said: "We never wore rose-tinted glasses, never had any illusions."

In a wild press conference on Thursday Mr Trump accused the media of undermining his attempts to establish friendly relations with Mr Putin.

Mr Trump has declared the extraordinary press conference, which lasted for more than an hour, one of the "greatest ever".

"Fake media not happy!" he tweeted in the early hours of Friday morning.

Telegraph.co.uk

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