“FAITH­FUL PA­TRIOT” NO LONGER NAME OF DE­PLOY­MENT

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Lamothe

The Pen­tagon will change the name of de­ploy­ment of troops to the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der.

WASH­ING­TON» The Pen­tagon has di­rected U.S. mil­i­tary com­man­ders to stop call­ing the de­ploy­ment of ac­tive-duty troops to the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der “Op­er­a­tion Faith­ful Pa­triot,” a name de­rided by crit­ics as overtly po­lit­i­cal while Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump played up the mis­sion in stump­ing for Repub­li­can can­di­dates.

The de­ci­sion was ac­knowl­edged Wed­nes­day after the midterm elec­tions, and it was not im­me­di­ately clear what name the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion may ul­ti­mately take in­stead.

“We are no longer call­ing it Op­er­a­tion Faith­ful Pa­triot,” said a Pen­tagon spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis. “We are re­fer­ring to it as bor­der sup­port. I have noth­ing fur­ther at this time.”

A se­cond Pen­tagon spokesman, Chris Sher­wood, said that sim­ply re­fer­ring to the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion as “bor­der sup­port” is a “more ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion” be­cause the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity is over­see­ing it. The news was first re­ported by The Wall Street Jour­nal, which said the di­rec­tive was is­sued by De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis’ of­fice on Elec­tion Day. Mat­tis has sought to shield the mil­i­tary from pol­i­tics, with mixed re­sults.

The op­er­a­tion has come un­der fire from re­tired gen­er­als, who say it un­nec­es­sar­ily thrusts the mil­i­tary into pol­i­tics. Trump sought to char­ac­ter­ize mi­grants trav­el­ing north through Mex­ico from Cen­tral Amer­ica in a “car­a­van” as an “in­va­sion” of the U.S.

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