President Trump plans to divert $7.2 billion from the Pentagon to border wall construction this year, according to a report from The Washington Post. The amount is five times more than what Congress allotted in the budget.
This would be the second year that money from military construction and counternarcotics will be redirected to border wall construction. The Trump administration plans to take $3.5 billion from counterdrug programs and $3.7 billion from military construction funding.
A total of $18.4 billion in federal funding has gone toward the construction of a border wall since Trump took office, funding an additional 101 miles of new barriers. Trump originally promised 450 miles of border wall by the end of the 2020 deadline.
Under the new funding plan, the administration wants to build around 885 miles of new fencing by spring of 2022.
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