Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military
President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.
Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks "viciously and violently" at Mexican police. "We're not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back," Trump said.
"I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle." Donald Trump spoke during a presentation of his controversial policy on cracking down against what he says is uncontrolled illegal immigration.
Contacted for comment, Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis said "the military would not discuss hypothetical situations on the use of force but our forces are trained professionals who always have the inherent right of self-defense."