No holiday break for Trump's court criticism

President Donald Trump said Thursday he has authorized American troops on the US-Mexico border to "use lethal force" if necessary against an approaching group of migrants while also threatening to close "the whole border".

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the 5,800 active-duty service members deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border to prevent a group of almost 3,000 Central American asylum-seekers from crossing into the United States were "proud" and "tough people" who don't need to be sent home to spend Thanksgiving with their families.

Trump cited the situation involving migrants camped in Tijuana, Mexico, after travelling in a caravan to reach the US.

His remarks came after it was revealed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly signed an order late Tuesday that allows USA troops stationed at the border use lethal force, if necessary, to stop illegal immigrants from crossing into the United States. I mean the whole border. And it was yet another show of how Trump has dramatically transformed the presidency, erasing the traditional divisions between domestic policy and military matters and efforts to keep the troops clear of politics. Without evidence, he painted Air Force Gen. David Lyons as a proponent of his hardline immigration policies after Lyons said United States troops are fighting in Afghanistan to prevent terrorists from reaching "our shores again". And he threatened to shut down the entire US-Mexico border over the approach of the few thousand migrants. "I've given the OK - I hope they don't have to".

-Trump disputed reports the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

The statement comes after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' rebuke of President Trump's attacks on the 9th Circuit Court in California.

"It's nice to know you're fighting and you're fighting for something that's doing well", the president said, sharing that the nation is doing well economically.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that he had been granted authority to allow troops on the Mexican border greater powers to help protect border officials, and would await direction from the Department of Homeland Security.

Thousands of migrants have been fleeing Central America to get to the border, and the president sent nearly 6,000 troops there earlier this month.

Never silent for long, Trump defended his comment, tweeting, "Sorry Justice Roberts". "I don't want that in this country".

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump responded to Roberts for the first time, saying, actually there are "Obama judges".

"Judges must not Legislate Security and Safety at the Border, or anywhere else". They know nothing about it and are making our Country unsafe.

  • Joey Payne