On the American military plane (Reuters) – the executor of US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanakhan said on Saturday that he had not yet determined whether the border with Mexico is military necessity or how much money the Pentagon will be used.
President Donald Trump announces a national emergency to finance the promised wall on the US-Mexico border without Congressional approval.
An official representative of the American defense, speaking for anonymity, said that Shanahan would probably approve 3.6 billion dollars, which are redirected from the budget of military construction.
While announcing a national emergency, Trump may use certain funds from the Ministry of Defense to build a wall.
According to the law, the secretary of defense must decide whether a wall is needed in a military way before the money can be used from the budget of military construction.
"We have always expected that this will create a lot of attention, and since potential money can be redirected, you can imagine that this is anxiety," Shanakhan said to journalists traveling with him from a trip to Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Europe
"Very consciously, we did not make any decisions, we determined the steps that we will take to make these decisions," said Shanakhan.
He added that the military planners conducted an initial analysis, and he will begin to consider this issue on Sunday.
Officials said the administration had found nearly $ 7 billion for redistribution to the wall, including about $ 3.6 billion from the military construction budget and $ 2.5 billion from the Drug Abuse Prevention Fund from the Ministry of Defense.
The official American defense official said that Shanakhan will meet with the secretaries of services in the coming days to determine which of the specific projects should come the money.
Shanakhan said that the planners identified various sources of money that could be used, but he did not decide specifically which projects he would be affected, and ultimately it was his decision.
"I do not need to do anything," he said.
Shanakhan said that he did not expect to take money from such projects as military housing.
Low standards of military housing were highlighted by Reuters' recent reports that describe rampant mold attacks, lead poisoning as a child, as well as seven employees who are often unable to challenge private landlords in business with their military employers.
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"When we move through this process, we will use good judgment," said Shanakhan.
The move of the Republican president bypassing the Congress strives to justify the promise of a 2016 presidential campaign to build the Wall, in which Trump insists, is needed to curtail illegal immigration. Within a few hours the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners.
"We adhere to the law, using the rules, and we do not bend the rules," said Shanakhan.
Report of Idri Ali on board military aircraft; Editing: Marguerita Choy