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Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

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Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.

Zachary Goelman reports

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Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We're talking about an invasion of our country." When U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to circumvent Congress to tap funding to build a wall along the border with Mexico, he tried to cast the move as a response to an imminent security threat.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We're declaring it for virtual invasion purposes.

[FLASH] We have an invasion of drugs, an invasion of gangs, an invasion of people." To pay for the wall, Trump's emergency declaration would tap nearly $7 billion of Defense Department funds, including about $3.6 billion from the military construction budget and $2.5 billion from a Defense Department drug interdiction fund.

But in portraying a wall as am urgent national security need, and undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers as a threat, Trump may be getting ahead of his own military.

On Saturday the acting head of the Pentagon said he had not yet decided whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER, ASKING: "So, at this point, you have not determined that, specifically a wall is required to meet that national emergency." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTING U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY PATRICK SHANAHAN, SAYING: "There's been no determinations, by me." Trump's emergency declaration attempts to make good on a campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border.

His plan to take the money from the military is already facing legal challenges in U.S. courts.



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