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Trump Admin Diverts $3.6 Billion from Defense Budget to Build Border Wall

HeadlineSep 04, 2019

The Pentagon agreed Tuesday to divert $3.6 billion from its budget to put toward President Trump’s border wall. The funds will come out of 127 military construction projects in order to build 175 miles of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s formal authorization means the reappropriation of funds can go ahead without approval from Congress. In February, Trump declared a national emergency in order to justify using federal money to build his wall. Democratic lawmakers blasted the move. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it violated the separation of powers and “undermine[s] our national security.” The ACLU vowed to challenge “Trump’s latest effort to raid military funds for his xenophobic wall.”

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