Trump says U.S. could send up to 15,000 troops to border

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the “Our Pledge to America’s Workers” event at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 31, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States could send as many as 15,000 military troops to the border with Mexico, as he hardens his stance against a caravan of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

The Pentagon has said it has identified about 7,000 active-duty troops, including about 2,000 on standby, that could be deployed to the southern border.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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