Immigration

Trump to Transfer Funds From Military Pensions to Border Wall

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Pentagon recently informed members of Congress that a significant portion of the funds they would otherwise use to pay for Trump's fantasy border wall will not be available because the funds have already been spent.

To that end, the Associated Press reported yesterday morning that the Pentagon is now considering moving money from military pay and pensions to pay for Trump's wall.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts to help President Donald Trump pay for his long-sought border wall, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told The Associated Press, “It’s coming out of military pay and pensions. $1 billion. That’s the plan.” [...]

Durbin said, “Imagine the Democrats making that proposal — that for whatever our project is, we’re going to cut military pay and pensions.

To be fair, this money is apparently available because the military missed its recruiting goals for the year, but I don't think that makes this okay.

The money wasn't appropriated for a wall and, if the military can't meet their goals, perhaps they should consider using this $1 billion to offer a larger bonus to new recruits.

Whatever the case may be, Senator Durbin is correct that the Right would have a conniption if a Democratic administration made this proposal.

  • muselet

    As of this morning, this story was a rumor. As of this evening, CNN has no articles directly related to it.

    My guess is that it’s a cack-handed attempt at a trial balloon. If Rs push back at all—as they did on using military construction funds to build Donald Trump’s medieval vanity project—the White House will pull back and claim it’s all fake news.

    –alopecia

  • gescove

    I never want to hear another Republican utter the phrase “Support the Troops”. Anytime I hear a Republican defending some indefensible Trump action, I think what their reaction would be if a Democrat had done it. Hypocrites is an woefully inadequate term to describe the R’s.