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Defense Secretary James Mattis will travel down to the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, to meet with U.S. commanders and troops carrying out the White House-mandated border security operation.
Mr. Mattis announced plans for his visit to the thousands of active duty U.S. service members deployed to the southwestern U.S., supporting Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Police-led operations, during a joint press conference with Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah at the Pentagon Tuesday.
The Pentagon chief provided little detail as to which units he would be visiting or which military commanders or Homeland Security officials he would be meeting with as part of the trip. The visit comes as the Defense Department confirmed late last week that a majority of the 7,000 American troops ordered by the Trump administration to the U.S. border were on location in Texas, Arizona and California.
The largest U.S. troop contingent has been deployed to Texas, with nearly 2,800 American soldiers on station there, with 1,500 based along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and another 1,300 along the border in California, according to troop counts provided by U.S. Northern Command last Thursday.
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