The New Yorker:

At the White House, on Thursday, after President Trump had wrapped up his remarks about immigration, a reporter in the room asked him to clarify a statement. The President had spoken, ominously, about dispatching the U.S. military to the border, where it would “do the job” of stopping a group of would-be immigrants from entering the country. “We hope nothing happens,” he said, but the military was “prepared.”

“Do you envision them firing upon any of these people?” the reporter asked.

“I hope not,” Trump said, in a tone that was more a warning than a reassurance. “It’s the military—I hope—I hope there won’t be that. But I will tell you this. Anybody throwing stones, rocks—like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico—we will consider that a firearm.” Later, when asked what he meant about the rocks, he added, “If they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. We’re going to consider—and I told them, consider it a rifle.”

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