Migrants won’t see armed US soldiers on border

As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won’t find are armed American soldiers standing guard.

…That’s because U.S. military troops are prohibited from carrying out law enforcement duties. [emphasis: mine]

…That means there will be no visible show of armed troops, said Army Maj. Scott McCullough, adding that the mission is to provide support to Customs and Border Protection. 

Migrants won’t see armed US soldiers on border – ABC News

Not a huge  compliment to the Customs and border Patrol folks that the Cheeto doesn’t think they are capable of defending themselves from exhausted and perhaps starving and dehydrated migrants.



Trump administration could use military bases to export coal, gas

Zinke said the strategy is being considered as a way to thwart opposition by California, Oregon and Washington leaders to allowing export terminals in their states to sell coal or gas to Asia.

…Zinke said that may involve using “some of our naval facilities, some of our federal facilities on the West Coast.”

In his AP interview, Zinke only mentioned one possible facility for natural gas exports: the Adak Naval Air Facility in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, which closed in 1997.

…They are also working on a plan to keep uneconomical coal and nuclear power plants open, citing national security as the justification.

Trump administration could use military bases to export coal, gas | TheHill

Subverting the rule of law and co-opting the military to prop up failing industries?  Not even pretending the Trump WH isn’t bought and paid for anymore….

Can military commanders refuse an order from Trump?

Allegations that Mattis is intervening regularly to avert national security disasters have once again raised the question of whether military commanders possess the authority to refuse a direct order from the President under certain circumstances.

The reality is that the only basis for interfering with a direct order is if it’s illegal, immoral or unethical. And there is a widely held belief among military commanders that they must resign if they are unable to carry out an order that does not rise to that standard.

Speaking publicly on the issue last November, Gen. John Hyten, top US nuclear commander, said he would push back against an order from Trump for a nuclear strike if it were “illegal.”

Can military commanders refuse an order from Trump? – CNNPolitics