Top commander knocks Trump's border wall

Top commander knocks Trump's border wall

The head of the command charged with protecting America's southern border says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTom Arnold claims to have unreleased 'tapes' of Trump Cohen distances himself from Tom Arnold, says they did not discuss Trump US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea MORE's proposed wall won't solve anything.

“A wall will not solve the immense problems that go out there,” Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command, which oversees the military in North America, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing Thursday.

Gortney's comments came after lawmakers raised concerns about drug trafficking across the border.

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Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral Manchin up 9 points over GOP challenger in W.Va. Senate race MORE (D-W.V.) asked whether a wall could solve that problem in a thinly veiled reference to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump has made the border with Mexico a central theme of his campaign, saying he would build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States.

“There’s people who believe, and of course there’s a lot of rhetoric about a wall these days in the news,” Manchin said, without referring to Trump by name.

“Do you believe that it could help or would help more than not having a wall,” he asked.

Gortney pointed to other tactics in place now as being an effective border control and said they need to be applied more broadly.

“I have flown the border,” he said. “And I’ve seen the technology that is applied there, be it sensors, be it fencing, every type of fencing that happens to be out there.”

“And we need to put in place all of that technology across our border as we try and work with mission partners south of our border," he added.

He also said the U.S. had to "cut back significantly the demand here in our country" of illegal drugs.