The headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, Pentagon said to construct President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S border with Mexico, it would pull funding from 127 Defense Department projects including schools and daycare centers for military families.
The move will affect schools for the children of U.S military members from Kentucky to Germany to Japan. The Pentagon also stated that funds will be diverted from a daycare center at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland – the home of Air Force One.
Earlier this year, a national emergency was declared by President Trump to access the funds from the military construction budget. Pentagon has already sent a broad list of projects to Congress that may get affected. In an announcement, a Pentagon official said that the department was given a “lawful order” by Trump to divert the funds. The official further stated that it working with Congress and its close allies abroad to gather the fund replacing money diverted for the wall. She has also expressed doubtfulness on whether the funds will come or not.
Giving the details, it said the first $1.8 billion would come from projects outside the United States, followed by projects inside the country. Chuck Schumer, a Senate Democratic leader considered the Trump Administration’s reallocation of funds was a “slap in the face” to members of the U.S military. The list also includes roads, maintenance shops, equipment storage buildings, and hazardous material warehouses.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to build the wall as a security concern and it remains highlighted among his immigration policies as he aims for re-election in 2020. It has been also reported some $30 million funds will be drawn from the funds for a building at Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona.
Meanwhile, Martha McSally, the Republican U.S Senator of Arizona protesting the move said the project of Fort Huachuca project was already delayed. She fought to ensure no projects in her state gets affected and was guaranteed of that by former acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.