Trump's rails against court, migrants in call to troops

Trump's rails against court, migrants in call to troops

Trump's rails against court, migrants in call to troops

Tensions have mounted after the US President Donald Trump renewed threats to repel hundreds of Central American migrants who have massed at a town on the southern side of the US-Mexico border for a bridge crossing to the US.

The speech, lasting less than two minutes, came during a flurry of attacks on Twitter against the judiciary and after a politicized call with US service members overseas.

"It's a disgrace", Trump said of judges who have blocked his attempts to overhaul us immigration law, as he linked his efforts to secure the border with military missions overseas.

Trump has not shied away from politicizing the military in the past, and on Thursday, he drew on USA men and women in uniform to justify his controversial deployment of almost 6,000 United States troops to the southern border.

It was yet another show of how Mr Trump dramatically transformed the presidency, erasing the traditional divisions between domestic policy and military matters and efforts to keep the troops clear of politics.

Trump also defended his daughter Ivanka after it emerged earlier this week that she had used a private email account to discuss or relay official White House business, a practice evocative of the one over which Trump harshly criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. "And we're not letting in anybody essentially because we want to be very, very careful", Trump said, speaking to Lyons over the phone.

"Your courage truly inspires us", Trump told the members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard - adding that he and the first lady share their "profound gratitude" for their service.

"We've been taken advantage of for many, many years by bad trade deals", Trump told the commander, who sheepishly replied that, "We don't see any issues in terms of trade right now".

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The president, who made the caravan a top midterm issue and even sent 5900 active duty troops near the border, also claimed that he already blocked parts of border "two days ago" because the situation was "out of control". He later told reporters "nobody's done more for the military than me".

The president's criticism of the court drew a rare rebuke from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts who said, "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges. the independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for". "I've made a tremendous difference in the country".

"If we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or our people are going to get hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control", Trump warned.

"It's a tough job", he said.

"We're a 365-day-a-year military".

The president said he gave the military "the OK" to use force against migrants seeking asylum in the US.

But, Trump said, "whether he did or whether he didn't, he denies it vehemently". Most of the lanes were reopened before the morning rush. But he believes others will now take a chance in light of the court ruling blocking Trump's ban on asylum for illegal border crossers.

"Judges must not Legislate Security ... and Safety at the Border, or anywhere else", Trump tweeted. But doing so could cause extraordinary damage to bilateral relations as well as to cross-border commerce between the US and Mexico, its third largest trading partner. But Trump lost little time in raising the border. "The CIA points it both ways", said Trump.

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