Trump’s Wall Money — Robbing Peter To Pay Paul?

President Trump posed with the question of the reallocation of funds from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to build an eight-billion-dollar wall and whether this reprogramming would militate against military personnel and their families as well as needed military resources responded thus:

“We had certain funds that are being used at the discretion of generals, at the discretion of the military. Some of them haven’t been allocated yet. And some of the generals think that this is more important.”

He continued, “I was speaking to a couple of them. They think this is far more important than what they were going to use it for. I said, “What were you going to use it for?” And I won’t go into details, but it didn’t sound too important to me.”

Moreover, the President noted, “I’ve gotten $700 billion for the military in year one, and then last year $716 billion. And we’re rebuilding our military. But we have a lot. And under the previous administration, our military was depleted, badly depleted, and they weren’t spending — I mean, they had a much less — they had a much smaller amount of money.”

He also stated that “there are few things more important than our military,” and focusing and building the military is part of his quest as “it was very badly depleted.”

He said that his administration is “buying all new jet fighters, all new missiles, all new defensive equipment. We have — we’ll soon have a military like we’ve never had before.”

Additionally, the President said, “When you think about the kind of numbers you’re talking about, so you have $700 billion, $716 billion, when I need $2 billion, $3 billion out of that for a wall, which is a very important instrument, very important for the military because of the drugs that pour in — and as you know, we have specific rules and regulations where they have drugs and what you can do in order to stop drugs. And that’s part of it, too. We’re taking a lot of money from that realm also.”

He further argued that all things considered the amount that he’s asking for is but a drop in the bucket.

“But when you have that kind of money going into the military, this is a very, very small amount that we’re asking for.”

Yvad billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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