Defense chief’s border visit will highlight Trump priority

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan, is making his second trip to the U.S.-Mexican border to highlight what the Trump administration calls a national emergency.

Shanahan is flying to the border town of McAllen, Texas, along with the acting chief of the Homeland Security Department, Kevin McAleenan. The trip underlines Shanahan’s attention to a top priority of President Donald Trump, who says he’ll ask the Senate to confirm Shanahan as defense secretary.

Shanahan is using the border visit to emphasize his view that Homeland Security, the agency primarily responsible for protecting U.S. borders, needs more resources to fulfill its mission.

Shanahan has endorsed the use of about 2,400 thousand active-duty military troops in support of that Cabinet department Security at the border.

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