Trump thanks California governor for sending troops to border: ‘Good job’

Trump thanks California governor for sending troops to border: ‘Good job’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE on Thursday praised Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown (Calif.) for accepting federal funding to increase the state’s number of National Guard troops.

“California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!”


Brown formally accepted the funding in a Wednesday letter to Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Trump's pick to lead Pentagon glides through confirmation hearing Overnight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey MORE and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?' MORE. But the California governor also slammed Trump for his pursuit of a wall on the United States-Mexico border.

“But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission," Brown said in the letter. "This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws."

Mattis last week issued a memo authorizing as many as 4,000 National Guard troops to bolster the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to beef up border security, an integral part of Trump's campaign and immigration policy.