Posted October 20, 2018 05:20:00 Thai authorities have not confirmed that a group of foreign military personnel has moved into the country.
However, a Thai military spokesman told reporters that they had “not received any orders from the US government to deploy troops to Thailand.”
“We don’t have any such orders,” he said, adding that he did not know whether the US would be sending troops to the country in the future.
He said that the US has not sent any troops to Southeast Asia.
The United States has been the target of several recent terror attacks by a group known as the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, and has stepped up its military presence in the region, including in Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
The White House has called for greater US support for Southeast Asian countries to fight the threat.
In December, President Donald Trump announced that he would “end” a five-year, $3.6 billion deal with the Royal Thai Navy to provide military assistance to the Philippines in its fight against the IS.
Trump also ordered a reduction in US military spending to $3 billion, the lowest since 2003.