Trump aide on border security: ‘We’ve got a leaking boat’

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert compared the U.S.-Mexican border to a leaking boat on Sunday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE ordered thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border. 

"We’ve got a leaking boat on our border and we’re all quibbling with how much water’s in the boat and how fast we’re bailing it out. I think at this point the president’s been pretty clear. Enough is enough, fix the actual problem and stop that leak," Bossert said on ABC's "This Week."


"I think the guard’s always been something that we’ve considered. And what we do is we look carefully at trend lines and so there’s been a little bit of misreporting on this. Let’s see if I can help with that. A lot of the reporting tends to suggest that because we’ve seen record lows over the last 40 years [on] an annual basis that that’s good enough," he continued. 

Border crossings are on the rise this year after dropping to a historic low after President Trump first took office.

Trump announced last week that he was ordering thousands of troops to the border until his long-promised border wall can be built. 

The memo authorizes the use of Title 32 and Defense Department dollars for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel to support the Department of Homeland Security’s “southern border security mission while under the command and control of their respective governors through September 30, 2018.”

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' Joint Chiefs chairman to meet with Saudi counterpart Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' despite 'Democrat' remark MORE signed off on the request on Friday, which said troops will not partake in law enforcement activities, and does not detail how much the mission would cost.

Arizona and Texas announced they would begin sending troops to the border this weekend.