Comments come as House prepares to vote on disapproval of border emergency declaration
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., warned the Pentagon and his GOP colleagues that a future president could expand the use of emergency powers to justify policy spending they may not agree with. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The U.S. military commander tasked with defending North America said Tuesday that there is no military threat at the southern border, where President Donald Trump has deployed troops to assist law enforcement in stemming illegal border crossings.
“It is not a military threat,” Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, who leads U.S. Northern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday morning. He quickly added that doesn’t necessarily mean the military should not be involved in the border mission.