Acting DoD Secretary, Joint Chiefs Chair: Situation At the Border ‘a Security Challenge,’ Not a Military Threat

By Melanie Arter | March 14, 2019 | 5:00 PM EDT

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford (L) and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

( - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that they both agreed with Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, that the situation at the southern U.S. border is “not a military threat.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) asked Shanahan and Dunford, “Two weeks ago before this committee, General [Terrence] O’Shaughnessy, the northern command commander testified that the current situation at our southern border is to quote him ‘not a military threat.’ Do you agree Secretary Shanahan that the situation on the southern border is not a military threat?”

“What I recall from his testimony is he said it is not a military threat. He said border security is national security,” Shanahan said.



HIRONO: I understand that, but he said specifically that it’s not a military threat, and I’m asking you whether you agree with him that it’s not a military threat.

SHANAHAN: I agree with him.

HIRONO: General Dunford?

DUNFORD: I agree. It’s a security challenge, not a military threat.


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