Trump is diverting $3.6 billion from the US military to build his border wall

Kids are seen playing near the dividing border wall between the United States and Mexico where many asylum seekers have crossed. Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

“This decision will harm already planned, important projects intended to support our service members at military installations in New York, across the United States, and around the world,” Schumer tweeted Tuesday evening. “It is a slap in the face to the members of the Armed Forces who serve our country that President Trump is willing to cannibalize already allocated military funding to boost his own ego and for a wall he promised Mexico would pay to build.”

“[H]e made it clear he is willing to take funds from our troops and disaster victims and divert them to try to protect his political right flank,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a Tuesday statement. “And ultimately, that could put Americans at risk.”

Still, it does appear at least some portion of Trump’s wall will go up in the near future — and the military will pay for it one way or the other.

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