- The Trump administration is reportedly planning to divert another $ 3.8 billion in military spending to the National Guard and programs such as the F-35 fighter to fund a border wall.
- The additional $ 3.8 billion budget request comes after the White House has reportedly prepared to divert $ 7.2 billion from military construction and drug-fighting projects.
- Here are the military projects that are expected to be diverted by $ 3.8 billion.
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Funding President Donald Trump's barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border was originally intended to divert $ 7.2 billion from the Department of Defense's budget, but could pull more money from several military programs.
According to news reports On Thursday, the Trump administration is preparing to distract another $ 3.8 billion from the National Guard and programs such as the F-35 fighter. The move comes after the government requested $ 2 billion for the border barrier under the 2021 budget, which was submitted to Congress on Monday.
The $ 7.2 billion reported at the beginning of January was five times the original $ 1.4 billion congress earmarked for the border project in federal budgets in 2019 and 2020. The White House initially claimed $ 5 billion for the construction project in 2018 before accepting the lower number of Democrats during the longest federal government shutdown.
Of this $ 7.2 billion application, approximately $ 3.7 billion is expected to come from military construction projects and the remaining $ 3.5 billion from military drug control operations.
Here would come the additional $ 3.8 billion to fund the southern border barrier: