‘This crisis is real and a potential threat to every American’: Alaska governor offers Trump use of troops along 3,000 miles away US-Mexico border
- Governor Mike Dunleavy offered President Donald Trump use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border Friday
- He shared video message after POTUS announced a national emergency saying their National Guard ‘stand ready to support the national security crisis’
- Dunleavy said the ‘crisis is real and a potential threat to every American’
- Press secretary didn’t know whether White House requested show of support
- Matt Shuckerow reportedly said there was no planned movement of troops but if it happened the federal government would pay most of the cost
Alaska’s new Republican governor offered President Donald Trump use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, but a spokesperson for the politician said there’s no planned movement for the troops.
On the same day POTUS declared a national emergency to fund the building of a controversial border wall, Governor Mike Dunleavy said soldiers were available.
In a video message shared on social media around 3.30pm, the 57-year-old from Pennsylvania said: ‘Today I notified the @WhiteHouse & @realDonaldTrump that #Alaska and our National Guard – if called upon – stand ready to support the national security crisis on the US Southern Border.’
Governor Mike Dunleavy (right) offered President Donald Trump (left) use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border Friday
His press secretary reportedly said there was no planned movement of troops but if it happened the federal government would pay most of the cost
The state is about 3,000 miles north of the border but the 12th Governor appeared to agree with the American leader’s idea that the country is at risk without the construction.
‘While the southern border may seem far away and distant, this crisis is real and a potential threat to every American, including Alaskans,’ he continued in the clip.
‘I look forward to our congressional delegation and Alaskans joining me in support of the president’s mission to secure our borders. Thank you and have a great day.’
However Dunleavy’s press secretary Matt Shuckerow told the Anchorage Daily News that troops are going nowhere for now.
The publication reports Shuckerow admitted he wasn’t sure how the video came to be filmed and posted online or whether there was a specific request from the White House for Dunleavy to show his support.
He added that if they do send the Alaska National Guard to support the $5billion wall, the federal government would pay most of the cost.
He shared video message after POTUS announced a national emergency saying their National Guard ‘stand ready to support the national security crisis’
It was after California and New Mexico this month decided not to support US Border Patrol after all.
Last April, along with Texas and Arizona, the states agreed. But after California’s Governor Gavin Newsom took over Governor Jerry Brown, he said last Wednesday that ‘California will not be part of this political theater’.
Calling the national emergency ‘manufactured’, he added: ‘I should be focusing on housing and homelessness and other more important things.’
After the national emergency was declared, two Democrats issued statements in extreme opposition.
‘Let’s be clear, there is no national emergency on our southern border. President Trump doesn’t seem to know the difference between being president and being a dictator,’ Senator Martin Heinrich stated.
‘Threatening to declare a national emergency to save face with the extreme right-wing voices of his party is a wild abuse of power. I look forward to being part of any legal and legislative action that reigns in this imperial president. I hope my Republican colleagues will join me and put country over party.’
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small stated: ‘As a member of the House Armed Services Committee with two military bases in my district, I am deeply alarmed that the President is willing to put our national security at risk by taking money from projects intended to improve the infrastructure and readiness of nation’s military.’