President Trump addressed illegal immigration and border security in a speech at the White House on Thursday. He spoke about the movement of the migrant caravan and reports that members threw rocks at the Mexican police. The president advised that the police "should consider a rifle" when rocks are thrown at them.
Trump was asked by a reporter how the National Guard will respond at the border and if there is a possibility of "firing" on the caravan. The president said the throwing of stones and rocks will be treated as a firearm.
"I hope not," Trump said. "It's the military. I hope not there won't be that."
"Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to the Mexican military where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm," Trump said. "Because there is not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock, which as you know, it was very violent a few days ago. Very, very violent. It was a break in of a country. They broke into Mexico."