US troops at border should 'consider it a rifle' if migrants throw rocks, Trump says
If migrants throw rocks at U.S. troops stationed at the southern border, the troops should “consider it a rifle” and that they’re being shot at when responding, President Donald Trump said this week, seemingly contradicting the military’s rules of engagement.
Trump was asked at a press conference on Thursday if he sees the military firing at migrants who are trying to cross the border.
“I hope not,” Trump said. “I hope there won’t be that. But I will tell you this: anybody throwing stones, rocks – like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police – where they badly hurt police and soldiers – we will consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.”