WASHINGTON - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that no decision has been taken on funding President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, a project that may come partly from redirected military funds. The declaration means he would be able to sidestep Congress to access federal funds from elsewhere to help pay for building the border wall. Trump wanted Congress to authorize $5.7 billion for a wall along parts of the border, but lawmakers provided just $1.375 billion for barriers, not a solid concrete wall. The Pentagon chief said he would "review that analysis now that the emergency has been declared. As a candidate, Trump repeatedly vowed that Mexico would pay for a wall.
Source: Bangkok Post February 17, 2019 05:26 UTC