As Trump has failed to secure funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico—his signature (and most outlandish) policy promise from the 2016 campaign—he has sought other means for pandering to his base. This included throwing around the idea of the Pentagon footing the bill, a plan that would likely fail since congress would have final say over such an extraordinary waste of public resources.
Desperate, Trump has now turned to fully militarizing the border, effectively turning it into an imitation of the Berlin Wall. The deeply unpopular Trump has issued a memorandum that permits federal authorities to request support from National Guard troops. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, however, is not having it, writing on Twitter that she has “no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from [Trump’s] troubles in Washington.
There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) April 4, 2018