American government officials inside Donald Trump’s White House are actively discussing putting troops near the Canadian borders in light of U.S. border security concerns around the new coronavirus pandemic, sources tell Global News.
H/T: Global News
If the plans come to fruition, Global News has learned troops would be stationed about 30 kilometres from the border between official points of entry and would use sensor technology to detect irregular crossers before passing on the information to border patrol agents.
President Trump responded to a question about his proposal during the daily COVID-19 task force briefing. “We have very strong deployments on the southern border, as you know, Mexico, and we have some troops up in Canada, but I’ll find out about that,” he said. “I guess it’s equal justice to a certain extent, but in Canada, we do have troops along the border.”
Watch U.S. President Donald Trump’s answer when asked about whether he plans to assign troops to the border with Canada amid the #COVID19 pandemic. #uspoli— CTV News (@CTVNews) March 26, 2020
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is in talks with the United States in response to reports that the Trump administration is thinking of stationing troops near the Canadian border. https://t.co/KBRbjRj7Si @cattunneycbc— CBC News (@CBCNews) March 26, 2020