The Pentagon has diverted another 1.5 billion dollars to fund dream of a wall of President Donald Trump, on the Mexican border. Now, the Defence Secretary, Patrick Shanahan is saying that these funds have been diverted with precision. He says they do not affect the ongoing plans. They are providing monetary help to fix the doings of Hurricane Michael.
Mexican Border Wall of Donald Trump: What the Defence Secretary has to say
“I won’t be reprogramming any more money for the border wall”.
“There were a billion and a half dollars that were reprogrammed, some of it did come from money we are under-running or saving or whatever terminology you want to use from Afghanistan. But we have very smart people here in the department. We found ways to do this without having any impact on readiness.”
A document provided to the Congress stated the reprogrammed money will be taken from personal accounts. Also, from accounts that were meant for training and equipping Afghan troops.
The money will pay for fence replacement projects in and around Tucson, AZ and El Centro, TX totalling around 78.25 miles. Shahanan has also asked the Congress for another 1.8B$ in funds. He wants to help repair the catastrophic damage to the installations of the military this year due to Hurricane Michael.
What the Democrats have to say
The senior Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defence has slammed the decision to divert funds to the wall. He wants to use it to help the victims of Hurricane Michael.
Sen. Dick Durbin went on to Twitter to say,
“Today, the Defence Department will divert another $1.5 billion from our military to the ‘big & beautiful’ border wall”.
“The Pentagon has now reprogrammed 12 times more money to the wall than for repairs at Tyndall AFB, destroyed by Hurricane Michael. We should put troops first!”
The Democrats seem convinced that the money diverted is at the expense of the readiness of the troops. They expected this issue to arise after Donald Trump made him the permanent Defence Secretary.
We’ll have to wait and see if this decision actually affects the Afghan troops. Stay tuned to The Geek Herald.