The Pentagon said Wednesday it would pull funding from 127 Defense Department initiatives, including schools and daycare facilities for military households, as it diverts $3.6 billion to pay for the President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Schools for the kids of U.S. military members from Kentucky to Germany to Japan will likely be affected. A daycare facility at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland – the home of Air Force One – will have its funds diverted, the Pentagon said.
Trump declared a national emergency this year to access the funds from the military development budget. In March, the Pentagon sent Congress a broad list of initiatives that might be affected.
A Pentagon delegate said in a briefing that the department was given a “lawful mandate” by Trump to use the funds. She said the Pentagon is working with Congress and its associates overseas to find funding to replace money diverted for the wall; however, that there is no assurance that those funds will come.
The Pentagon said Tuesday the first $1.8 billion would come from initiatives outside the US, adopted by enterprises inside the nation.
Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer said the Trump management’s reallocation of funds was a “slap in the face” to the U.S. army members. The Military Academy at West Point in Schumer’s state is the most costly venture struck in the USA with $95 million pulled from development on its engineering hub.
The list of affected initiatives also contains roads, maintenance shops, tools, storage buildings, and hazardous materials warehouses.
The wall was the key promise of Trump’s 2016 election campaign and remains central to his immigration policies as he aims for re-election in 2020.
Some $30 million in funds for an equipment building at Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona will probably be diverted to fund the construction of the wall.