WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of California has opted not to take part in the Trump administration's effort to send National Guard troops to the country's southern border with Mexico, a Defence Department official confirmed at a briefing Monday.

Robert Salesses, a deputy assistant secretary at the Defence Department, said California has declined to commit more than 200 troops to the effort. Salesses said talks with California are ongoing. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump and Defence Secretary James Mattis authorized up to 4,000 National Guard personnel to help the Department of Homeland Security secure the border in four southwestern U.S. states.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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