Pentagon pulls funds for military schools daycare to pay for Trumps border
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said on Wednesday it would pull funding from 127 Defense Department projects, including schools and daycare centers for military families, as it diverts $3.6 billion to fund President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.Schools for the children of U.S. military members from Kentucky to Germany to Japan will be affected.A daycare center at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland — the home of Air Force One — will also have its funds diverted, the Pentagon said.Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year to access the funds from the military construction budget.In March, the Pentagon sent to Congress a broad list of projects that could be affected.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The old, six-foot border fence in Tecate, California—installed in the 1990s—was made from salvaged military landing mats.It’s being replaced by 30-foot steel wall. pic.twitter.com/kuVCHNyXmD— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 30, 2019On Tuesday, the Pentagon said the first $1.8 billion would come from projects outside the United States, followed by projects inside the country.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the Trump administration’s reallocation of funds was a “slap in the face” to members of the U.S. military.The wall was a central promise of Trump’s 2016 campaign and remains central to his immigration policies as he aims for re-election in 2020.The Wall is going up very fast despite total Obstruction by Democrats in Congress, and elsewhere! https://t.co/12tIW3aNQP pic.twitter.com/2nFIEFppho— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019Some $30 million of funds for an equipment building at Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona will be diverted to pay for the wall.Republican U.S. Senator Martha McSally of Arizona “fought to ensure” no projects in her state would be affected and was guaranteed that by former acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, she said in a statement. ‘NOBODY SPEAKS FOR THE UNITED STATES’: Trump accuses France’s Macron of sending ‘mixed signals’ to Iran ‘I LOVE THE GUY’: Supporter who Trump says has ‘serious weight problem’ not upset by president’s jab She said the Fort Huachuca project was already delayed.House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a call with fellow Democrats on Tuesday that the diversion of military funds “will undermine our national security, quality of life and morale of our troops, and that indeed makes America less safe,” according to an aide.