President Donald Trump called his administration's work to remove undocumented immigrants a "military operation," in a meeting Thursday, Politico reports.
"You see what's happening at the border, all of the sudden for the first time, we're getting gang members out, we're getting drug lords out, we're getting really bad dudes out of this country," Trump said. "And at a rate that nobody's ever seen before, and they're the bad ones, and it's a military operation because that has been allowed to come into our country. And you see gang violence that you've read about like never before, all of the things, much of that is people that are here illegally. And they're rough and they're tough but they're not tough like our people."
The president praised John Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, saying he's "been unbelievable at the border."
Politico notes that the Department of Homeland Security and the agency it oversees, Immigration and Customs Enforcement are civilian organizations. According to The New York Daily News, Homeland Security rejected a proposal to use National Guard troopers to help apprehend undocumented immigrants, in favor of hiring thousands of additional immigration, customs, and border patrol agents and enlisting local law enforcement.
According to the Daily News, Trump also touted a $700 million deal for stealth fighter jets with Lockheed Martin, and praised CEO Marillyn Hewson for agreeing to it.
"Do you think Hillary [Clinton] would've asked for $700 million?" Trump then said to Hewson. "I assume you would have wanted her to win. But, you know, you're going to do great."
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