US troops board an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules in Fort Knox, Kentucky. US President Donald Trump said that the number of military troops deployed to the US-Mexican border could reach 15,000. Photo: AFP

Donald Trump says may send 15,000 troops to border, Pentagon chief denies political stunt as US midterms loom

  • A deployment of 15,000 would bring the military commitment on the border to roughly the same level as in war-torn Afghanistan.
  • There are questions about whether Defence Secretary James Mattis was allowing the military to be leveraged as a political stunt
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US troops board an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules in Fort Knox, Kentucky. US President Donald Trump said that the number of military troops deployed to the US-Mexican border could reach 15,000. Photo: AFP
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