Carson: Don't use drones to kill at border
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Republican presidential candidate Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week Harris, Ocasio-Cortez pitch bill to increase housing assistance for individuals with criminal record MORE said Sunday that he did not advocate using drone strikes to kill people along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Carson instead said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he thought drones would offer increased surveillance that would help secure the border, and he blamed the media for wrongly reporting about his position.


“In no way did I suggest that drones be used to kill people,” said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon. “And I said that to the media at the time.”

Carson added that he would consider using drone strikes to destroy caves that hide smugglers along the border but that he would strive to ensure there would be no casualties in those strikes.

“Those caves can be eliminated,” Carson said. “I’m not talking about killing people. No people with drones.”

Carson floated the idea of using drones after a border tour last week. Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and GOP front-runner, has used a populist immigration message to his advantage in recent months.

“You look at some of these caves and things out there, one drone strike, boom, and they're gone,” Carson said last week, according to CNN.