The U.S. Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion f...Patricia Zengerle 3 Min Read WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, a central promise of President Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House four years ago and bid this year for a second term. Lawmakers said they received a request on Thursday to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs, setting the stage for a possible confrontation with Democrats. Democratic aides said $1.5 billion would come from the National Guard, and the rest from funds for procurement, including the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet program, Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft, Boeing Co P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and shipbuilding. Congressional Democrats, who opposed Trump’s past diversion of billions of dollars in military spending to the border wall project, said the decision was dangerous and misguided. “President Trump is once again disrespecting the separation of powers and endangering our security by raiding military resources to pay for his wasteful border wall,” Democratic Representatives Nita Lowey, chairwoman of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, and Pete Visclosky, chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said in a statement. The criticism was bipartisan. The top Republican on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Representative Mac Thornberry, said the move by the Pentagon was “contrary to Congress’s constitutional authority.” A senior Pentagon official said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper had approved about $3.8 billion in funding being diverted to build 177 miles (290 km) of border wall. Last month, the Pentagon received a request from within the Trump administration to build roughly 270 miles (435 km) of wall on the border, which would have cost about $5.5 billion. “The transfer of funds is based on what the law allows and that the items to be funded are a higher priority than the items (from) which the funds were transferred,” Robert Salesses, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense integration, told Reuters. Slideshow (2 Images) The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, said it would challenge the latest border wall transfer. The Trump administration has vowed to build at least 400 miles (640 km) of wall along the border by November 2020, when Americans will vote for president. In his 2016 campaign, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall. The Mexican government has consistently refused to do so. Trump’s hard-line immigration policies, particularly for immigrants who come across the southern border with Mexico, have been a signature of his political campaign and first term in the White House. Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Additional reporting by Idrees Ali, Mike Stone and Ted Hesson; editing by Jonathan Oatis Our Standards: Read more: Reuters Top News
God forbid... great walls can be barricades on BOTH sides. So Trump generously budgets the Defense Dept that winds up being his egg nest. Designed by Mnuchin? Build the wall build the wall denise_vert Why is Congress allowing this Yep, he really cares about our military. What a mess Trump is. What a pathetic country
Is this the one that falls down with a huff and a puff? Wow! So that’s 3.8 billion not being allocated to protecting our troops. Aren’t they just going to tunnel under the wall ? 🤷🏻♂️ Wonder if it will be wind resistant?🙄 And who’s gonna pay for it? MILITARY Who? MILITARY!! Wait...what?
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Why did congress approve the budget I hope he is building this wall for himself? To keep him out of this country. What a waste of money! Ppl are sleeping in their cars, kids in cages & money is being wasted for a stupid wall! Walls don't work! They end somewhere, that's the weak spot. Give the military more money from the budget than it needs. Get the defence department to divert it to the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for That's how you take power of the purse from Congress
I thought Mexico was going to pay for it, did...did that not happen? GREAT NEWS, WILL IT KEEP THAT SAVAGE BRUTAL EVIL ZIONIST U.S EMPIRE IN. This is just plain wrong. Let’s divert it instead to deal with our homeless or drug problems. JackiePressley2 That's fencing when do they start BuildTheWall and why are you not calling it what it is?
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Pentagon to shift $3.8B for fighter planes, ships toward border wallThe shift in funding marks a new phase for the administration, which until now had used money set for military construction and counterdrug operations and not combat equipment. Yeah, RIGHT. What a bunch of FAKE tears. Trump straight up stealing from our military now...and his useless vanity hate wall won't work. That's the way to show them Mexicans who's paying for the wall.
But but but Mexico is paying! No worry. Mexico will pay them back. Republicans quietly watch money diverted from military (favorite budget item) to pay for something trump promised another country would pay for during the campaign. Silent obedience. I guess the president didn't listen Mexico told him they were not paying for a damn wall so now we have to pay for the damn wall🙄
Not Homeland Defense? DoD using resources on the border signifies a break in the relationship w/Mexico. Is the US at war or just violating a treaty? Can DoD spare the shortfall in funds? Surplus? Why ask for the money if you don't need it? So it can fall over. I've always thought it was a waste of money, but I could live with it because Mexico was paying. This is not what we were promised.
The wall is still one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard. Mexico's military budget?
Pentagon shifts $3.8B for more border wall construction'The re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress’s constitutional authority, and I believe that it requires Congress to take action,' Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, says in a statement. That’s why he lives vets and gives to the military he treats them like the Ukraine Pres Glad our armed forces are participating in the Trump Nazi era. High Five Bruh! Representatives have been advocating for stronger borders since I was a kid. When Trump comes along to actually make something happen with the border, they start advocating for softer borders.
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Trump administration taking $3.8 billion more from military for Mexico border wall‘One more example of Donald Trump thinking he’s above the law, like someone named him king,’ Elizabeth Warren slams Trump for trying to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to build Mexico border wall That someone would be McConnell. Orange man bad If Congress is unwilling to protect and defend national security, then the executive branch should...