...U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to divert $3.8 billion in total from programs across the Department of Defense, including a controversial war account used to fund emergency requirements as well as the procurement of ships, F-35 fighter jets and Army vehicles, to help build his long-promised wall along the southern border, Foreign Policy has learned.
...For the second year in a row, Trump will raid the Department of Defense's coffers for money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, dipping into funds earmarked for counterdrug activities and military construction.
...The news that the White House is preparing to raid the war account and funding for new equipment comes as the United States commits more U.S. troops to conflicts abroad. Since tensions with Iran spiked last summer, the Pentagon has deployed more than 14,000 additional U.S. forces to the Middle East, including 3,500 soldiers with the 82.nd.
...A judge in El Paso, Texas, ruled late last year that the White House broke the law in diverting funds for the border wall that had been authorized by Congress for the Pentagon and froze the $3.6 billion.
...Diverting Pentagon funding for the wall is just one of many instances where the Trump administration has sought to circumvent Congress' authority, particularly its control over government appropriations.
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