has received a
request from within the Trump administration
to extend the
deployment of troops to the border with Mexico, which otherwise
would have ended on Dec. 15, U.S. officials told Reuters on
Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Pentagon declined to comment. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim
Mattis, who would have to sign off, suggested earlier this week
such a request was being developed as the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security looked for military support hardening the
U.S.-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
Critics, including Democrats in Congress, have derided the
deployment as a political stunt.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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