Trump to Divert Additional $7.2 Billion in Pentagon Funds for Border Wall

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a joint news conference

Trump, The Washington Post reports, is preparing to divert $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction this year, about five times what he had been authorized to spend by Congress. Another $3.7 billion will come from a military construction budget.

According to plans obtained by the Post, the White House says the latest chunk of money it's taking from the Pentagon will be enough to build 885 miles of border wall by 2022. The administration recently announced that it had completed 100 miles of barriers along the southern border, well short of the 450 miles the president has repeatedly pledged to put up by the end of this year.

"US manufacturing counties that experienced an automotive assembly plant closure were compared with counties in which automotive plants remained open from 1999 to 2016". "I support the president's efforts to secure the border, and in December, I voted to give the President $1.375 billion to continue building the border wall and clear authority to transfer up to $4 billion from the defense budget".

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The Trump administration's attempt to construct the barrier have been met with numerous challenges in federal courts.

The state of emergency at the U.S. -Mexico border that Trump declared last February has made his pilfering of the Pentagon budget possible. Among the defunded projects were a new middle school on a base in Kentucky and repairs to a unsafe U.S. Navy maintenance building in Virginia. It's unclear if those projects will be delayed again, or if a different set of repairs and improvements could be postponed. At the end of 2018, the House Democrats' refusal to bow to Trump's call for additional wall financing led to the longest government standstill in US history when lawmakers fought to pass the federal budget. With this $7.2 billion, Trump will have allocated $18.4 billion in federal funds for border fencing during his administration. The Supreme Court ruled this summer the funds could be used. "So the southwest border is a security issue". Originally, the completed barrier was to be 509 miles long.

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