New Mexico Gov. surprises Trump just before SOTU speech: Not using our National Guard troops
While President Donald Trump was getting situated at the podium in order to deliver his State of the Union address before the nation, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham had already ordered the removal of most of the state's National Guard troops assigned to her southern border.
While she is letting some of the troops remain to provide humanitarian aid assistance, she won't allow Trump to drag her state down in his border stunt:
“...New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops. We will deploy our men and women in uniform only where there is a need, and where their presence can make a genuine difference in ensuring public safety and an easing of the humanitarian concerns at our southern border.”
“I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country," she said in a statement. "However, I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep."
The governor also called on six other state governors to pull out their troops, as well. Those states are Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Trump ordered the National Guard troops to the border last October.
According to a senior Democratic aide talking to The Hill: “Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is strategic. It wouldn’t surprise me that she timed this release to send a direct message to the president.”