Trump seeks to divert more Pentagon money to border wall construction

Pentagon to divert $3.83B for Trump's wall construction

"The border-barrier construction support that DoD will provide to [the Department of Homeland Security] this year will allow DHS to fulfill [President Donald Trump's] border security policy promise", Bob Salesses, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Homeland and Defense Integration, told reporters Thursday at the Pentagon. "I will be working with my colleagues to determine the appropriate steps to take", he said in a statement responding to the Defense Department's announcement.

The White House is expected to take a similar amount again this year from military constructions funds, but Pentagon officials have not said which construction projects that Congress has approved would be defunded to free up that money. "We take the Pentagon's recommendations seriously during our deliberations, but the final decisions are contained in the bills passed by Congress and signed into law", Thornberry added.

"Consistent with the President's April 4, 2018, direction to the Secretary of Defense, DoD used its statutory authority to provide support that aids in blocking drug-smuggling corridors across worldwide boundaries of the United States", DoD spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell said.

In nearly every case, the administration justified the funding shifts by proposing to take funds that Congress had added above the administration's budget requests, calling them Congress' "special interest" items. Democrats slammed the transfers as well, but Trump faced no consequences when making similar transfers past year.

Last year, he sought to take money from military housing and base construction. Trump has repeatedly claimed that Mexico is paying for his promised "big attractive wall", but that has never happened. The Pentagon is transferring money that would have been used for eight MQ-9 Reaper drones, two more C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, and $1.3 billion in "miscellaneous" National Guard and reserves equipment. Richard Shelby, the Republican chairman of the Appropriations Committee. "To be clear, I continue to believe that the situation on our southern border represents a national security challenge for our country".

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The additional funding is on top of the more than $11 billion that has already been allocated to build about 500 miles of border wall, bringing the total level of border wall funding to about $14.8 billion. For example, the cuts affect an amphibious assault ship built in MS and an Expeditionary Fast Transport ship that's built in Alabama, a state represented by Sen.

"The transfer of the funds will not adversely affect the military preparedness of the United States", he said.

Bob Salesses, the deputy assistant defense secretary, told reporters on Thursday that the funds are meant to help build 30-foot fencing on federally-controlled land in six border areas: San Diego and El Centro, California; Yuma and Tuscon, Arizona, and El Paso and Del Rio, Texas.

In the case of the F-35, for instance, the Pentagon said "current funding is more than sufficient to keep the current production line open and meet requirements". Esper approved a portion of that.

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