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Trump’s National Guard Order is a Joke

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump made a big show out of ordering the National Guard to the southern border yesterday, but is that really happening?

Maybe not.

You see, Trump himself cannot order a National Guard unit to the border. The National Guard is controlled by the governor of each state and they don't have to deploy the Guard to the border just because Trump wants them to.

Under ordinary circumstances, this kind of arrangement is something you would work out before you announce it, but this is Trump. He didn't arrange anything. He probably didn't even know he can't give a direct order. The White House hasn't even spoken to the governors of border states about deploying the Guard.

The Trump administration hasn’t determined how many troops it will seek to have deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.

That’s according to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. She says: “We’re going to be sending as many troops as we need.” [...]

Nielsen says she’ll be speaking again Thursday with California Gov. Jerry Brown about earning his support for the deployment.


NBC News reports that if any members of the National Guard are deployed, they won't have any direct contact with immigrants. Federal law won't allow it.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has also reportedly informed Mexican officials that any units that are deployed won't be armed and won't really do anything at all.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has told Mexican authorities that National Guard troops deployed on the border would not be armed or participate in immigration or customs duties, according to the Mexican Foreign Ministry. [...]

Mexico said it has emphasized to the Trump administration that if the deployment comes to resemble a militarization of the border, “it will gravely damage the bilateral relationship.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has already voiced his support for Trump's stupid order, of course, but I assume California Governor Jerry Brown will tell Trump to get fucked.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Nielsen says she’ll be speaking again Thursday with California Gov. Jerry Brown about earning his support for the deployment.

    Yeah. Good luck with that.

  • Tony Lavely

    It’s possible he’s gotten what he wanted, even if no governors take him up on the offer. His base must be sooo happy! Of course, I’m sure *some* governors (looking at you, Rick Scott, and depending on what the Koch’s have to saw, you, Scott Wallace) will probably throw in people.

  • muselet

    Guaranteed, Donald Trump doesn’t understand that he can’t simply order the National Guard to do his bidding.

    Guaranteed, nobody explained to Trump the reality of the situation.

    Guaranteed, Jerry Brown will politely decline to order California’s National Guard units to participate in Trump’s Border Theatre of the Absurd.

    Guaranteed, Turmp will pitch a fit when it finally sinks in that his title doesn’t include Generalissimo.

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    “He probably didn’t even know he can’t give a direct order.”
    —————————
    Of course he didn’t know. Anything at all that he has done correctly (procedurally, not morally or ethically) has been by sheer accident. He is ignorant, stupid, and lazy, not a set of qualities that will make for competent presidenting, but they have gotten him through life so far, so why would he change?

  • gescove

    I’ll wager that Governor Brown will tell Trump to get bent.

  • Georgie

    Today’s trump remarks ” Repeat that lie about millions of people “in many places, like
    California, the same person votes many times…they always like to say
    that’s a conspiracy theory. It’s not a conspiracy theory. Millions and
    millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state guards their
    records. They don’t want to see it.” The man clearly has dementia, we are so screwed.