The US government’s assessments contradict President Donald Trump’s claim that terrorists enter the country through its border with Mexico.
Counterterrorism officials and experts also say there has never been a case of a known terrorist crossing into the US through its southern border.
Trump, who addressed the nation in a televised speech from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, described the situation along the country’s border with Mexico as a “growing crisis,” reiterating his call for funding a wall that he claimed was “absolutely critical to border security.”
However, a White House strategy document sent to Congress last month to outline measures to monitor terrorists did not include any reference to the need for construction of barriers, fences or walls.
The 2018 assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was sent to Congress on Dec. 21, the day before the government shutdown began after Trump and…