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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference with Baltic leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he is meeting with Defence Secretary James Mattis to discuss a proposal for the military to secure the country's border with Mexico.

"We are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States. We have a meeting on it in a little while with General Mattis and everybody, and I think that it's something we have to do," Trump told reporters at a joint news conference with leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Trump told reporters at the White House earlier on Tuesday that he had already discussed the idea with Mattis.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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