NORTHCOM and DHS planned to deploy ‘a couple hundred thousand plus’ troops to border: Esper

There were conversations between the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Northern Command about deploying “hundreds of thousands” of troops to the southern border amid a migrant surge, according to former Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Without the Pentagon’s knowledge, NORTHCOM, which is the combatant command that covers North America, worked on “a concept to deploy a couple hundred thousand plus troops to the border,” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Esper, the Trump-era secretary wrote in his upcoming memoir, A Sacred Oath, which the Washington Examiner obtained ahead of its planned release later this week.

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