Defense Secretary Visits Troops on Border
“Nothing can shake you,” Mattis tells soldiers
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday. He gave them some words of inspiration as they await the arrival of a migrant caravan slowly making its way through Mexico toward the U.S.
He spoke directly to the troops: “In the Army, we don’t care if you’re male or female, we don’t care where you go to church or if you go to church,” he said. “We just care when there’s trouble out there, will you keep the faith, will you ride for the brand, and when trouble looms, do you go toward the trouble to help your buddies.”
“Loyalty only matters when there’s a hundred reasons not to be loyal,” Mattis told the troops. “When it’s raining and you’re cold. It’s when you’re in a position where people are showing a lack of respect for each other elsewhere and you and your team are holding strong.”
“Nothing can shake you,” Mattis added.
He also told reporters that the military will not be doing law enforcement at the border. “Law enforcement is left in the hands of customs and border police which will have the statutory authority to carry that out.”
- For wisdom for President Trump, Defense Secretary Mattis, and the military at the border in the decisions they will make as the migrant caravan draws nearer.
- For the protection of the men and women of customs and border enforcement.