The Pentagon has confirmed that talks are now in the works of using defense funds to pay for the construction of the border wall.
Spokesperson Dana White provided comment.
“The secretary has talked to the president about it. Securing Americans and securing the nation is of paramount importance to the secretary. They have talked about it but I don’t have any more details as to specifics.”
President Trump signed the new budget into law just last Friday, sending down the appropriate approvals for $700 billion and $716 billion dollars to be used by the Defense Department in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Mattis and other service chiefs have repeatedly asked for funding and demand that it is critical that the military be rebuilt to sustain readiness and might.
This past Sunday, President Trump made an announcement suggesting that a portion of the newly-appointed defense funds should be used to erect the southern border wall.
Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018
“Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich,” Trump tweeted early Sunday. “Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!”
Secretary of Defense Mattis praised President Trump for the new budget and said it provides “the best budget predictability we’ve had in a dozen years.”
However, he says that due to current conditions of equipment and other standards, it could take years to fully revitalize America’s fighting force.
“We do intend to get the planes back in the air, fully staffed squadrons back in the air, ships back to sea and the new gear built. In some cases, we’re going to have to build even legacy gear. In some cases, we don’t have enough Air Force fighters, aircraft or a Navy fighter, a Marine fighter in the squadron — we can’t fix them.”
“It’ll take years.”
Pentagon spokesperson White confirmed that initial conversations have been started to float the idea, but nothing concrete has been decided. Regardless, she said that the President and Defense Secretary are absolutely on the same page—ensuring America remains the most dominant military force on the planet.