According to the Military Times, the Pentagon has asked the Department of Homeland Security to justify how building a border wall will improve the “effectiveness” of troops deployed there before it redirects military spending allocated for construction for local projects.
In a memo sent to Homeland Security on February 18, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan asked DHS to show a list of “priorities for potential construction,” as well as data and facts used to generate that list, which will help him to decide “what projects we support” and what could be delayed.
Shanahan also told reporters on Thursday that Pentagon officials will go to Capitol Hill on Friday to brief lawmakers in Congress “on the way forward and to give people a sense of not just the activities we are going to undertake but [also] the timing.”
President Trump wants to redirect $3.6 billion from military construction budget for his border wall. Congress has urged Trump not to divert money from the Pentagon before he made his national emergency declaration.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s decision to move military funding “goes outside the bounds of law to try get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process.”