Members of Congress Cry Foul As White House Reveals Which Military Projects Are Being Defunded to Pay for Trump's Wall
In another effort to fund his campaign promise of a Mexican financed border wall, President Donald Trump's newly appointed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pulled funds from the Pentagon's construction budget. Federal budget law restricts the movement of appropriated funds within a federal agency and from one agency to another without congressional approval.
However, by declaring a national emergency, President Trump's DoD Secretary can raid military construction projects without asking Congress to approve the budget transfer. $3.6 billion of military construction projects are on the chopping block.
Donald Trump Just Got $1 Billion Toward His Border Wall From the Pentagon, and Democrats Are Crying Foul
In a memo addressed to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Patrick Shanahan, the Pentagon's acting defense secretary, confirmed that the Pentagon had transferred $1 billion in military personnel funding to construct President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The memo noted that the Department of Defense authorized the Army Corp of Engineers to begin planning and construction on 57 miles of fencing along the southern border, as well as improving roads in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas.
The Pentagon Just Released the List of Projects Trump Wants to Divert Funding From to Pay for His Wall, and Democrats Are Crying Foul
The Pentagon has disclosed the list of projects President Donald Trump wants to divert funding from to pay for his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the list, which the Defense Department provided to Congress yesterday, the military would take the biggest hits, with dozens, possibly hundreds, of military construction projects at risk of delay or cancellation as a result of the national emergency the president declared last month.
Speaking to CNN, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said should acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan "determine that construction along the southwest border is necessary to aid the mission of military personnel supporting the Department of Homeland Security, some projects within this pool may be used to fund up to $3.6B in barrier construction."
The planned military parade President Donald Trump wanted ever since seeing a special Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, in 2017, gives people a few important points to ponder. *see end of article for continuing updates to this story
The foremost issue for many remains the fact that among the most vocally opposed to the parade Trump claims would honor active duty military and veterans, are active duty military and veterans.
The Pentagon has been punishing reporters and restricting access to top Defense Department officials, Politico reported on Thursday. Journalists are becoming increasingly frustrated with the administration's lack of transparency and retaliatory behavior toward stories they don't like.
Donald Trump's Campaign Asked People to Choose a Logo for His New 'Space Force', but the Internet Provided Designs of Their Own
On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intention of creating another branch of the military that he dubbed Space Force.
During a meeting of the National Space Council, the President stated:
During a closed door meeting with top Pentagon officials on January 18, 2018, President Donald Trump reportedly directed the military to plan a big parade for Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Trump proposed this idea before, but Pentagon officials dissuaded him due to the logistical nightmare such an event creates. However this time was different.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” an anonymous military official stated to The Washington Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”