The Trump administration is again raiding Pentagon funds in order to defy Congress and pay for the construction of a border wall between the US and Mexico.
The Department of Defense is diverting $3.8 billion from military projects to pay for the barrier, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
The administration is pulling almost $1 billion from Navy shipbuilding projects, including the construction of a large amphibious assault ship and a fast transport ship.
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To pay for the border wall, the Department of Defense is diverting billions of dollars from Pentagon programs, including two Navy shipbuilding projects.
One year ago, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on the southern border, a move that has allowed his administration to defy Congress and divert billions of dollars from congressionally-funded military projects to the construction of a border wall.
In September, the Pentagon approved the reallocation of $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a barrier spanning 175 miles along the southern border. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that “the Secretary of Defense authorized support of $3.8B to build approximately 177 miles of fencing that will help to protect our borders.”
Among the projects affected this time around are two Navy shipbuilding projects: an America-class amphibious assault ship and a Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship. The Pentagon is pulling $650 million and $261 million, respectively, from the projects.
Another $180 million are being pulled from a Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft project.
Large amphibious assault ships can carry Marines, as well as aircraft like the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. They can serve as light aircraft carriers, assets to augment the strained carrier force.
Construction of the large amphib is not expected to start for a few years. The Pentagon, a spokesman told Insider, Friday expects Congress to backfill the project before …read more
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