Defense secretary Jim Mattis says Pentagon will pay for up to 4,000 personnel as part of Trump’s order to boost border security

The defense secretary, Jim Mattis, on Friday approved using Pentagon money to pay for as many as 4,000 national guard personnel to perform security missions on the US border with Mexico.

Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday he wanted to send between 2,000 and 4,000 national guard troops to the border, to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. That would be lower than the roughly 6,000 national guard members George W Bush sent during another border security operation.

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