'They deserve better': Ex-National Guard administrator slams Trump’s ‘ridiculous’ plan to send troops to the border
President Donald Trump during a Fox News interview. Image via screengrab.

A former Homeland Security official and current CNN national security analyst slammed President Donald Trump's plan to deploy the National Guard to the American-Mexican border based on Fox News fearmongering.


Analyst Juliette Kayyem, who previously oversaw the National Guard for the state of Massachusetts before becoming DHS' Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, said that guard deployments in the past have always been done with the coordination of governors. With Trump, she argued, that coordination has been eschewed.

Along with the lack of planning between state and federal-level National Guard offices, Kayyem also noted that taxpayers would likely end up paying for the deployment.

"The National Guard is an integral part of our Homeland Security defenses," she told CNN host Erin Burnett. "They deserve to be treated better than this. This sort of willy-nilly, we're gonna throw them at the border, is ridiculous."

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