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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:29 AM

Esper defends shifting defense funds for Trump's border wall

Source: AP

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday defended his decision to divert billions of dollars in funding for Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to help pay for President Donald Trump’s promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Esper was asked by a reporter about criticism from Democrats and Republicans in Congress, including Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas, who called the diversion of funds contrary to the constitutional authority of Congress.

“Border security is national security,” Esper said, “and national security is our mission.”

He added, “The action we took is legal under the law, and so it should be no surprise, and I’ll just leave it at that for now.”

Esper spoke on the sidelines of an international security conference in Munich.

The Pentagon announced on Thursday that Esper approved shifting $3.8 billion in funds that Congress had previously authorized for F-35 fighter aircraft and other military programs. The money is being diverted to help the Department of Homeland Security build portions of the border wall. The Pentagon indicated that more such actions could be coming to provide additional funding for Trump’s signature campaign promise.

The action drew sharp rebukes from Democrats as well as Republicans.

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:32 AM

1. And yet, 3 dozen Military Hospitals are closing . .

fuck you.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:37 AM

2. Exactly! Taking away accessible medical care for active duty and retirees.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:39 AM

3. Not to quibble with #s but one report I read said "as many as 48 hospital closures".

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:43 AM

4. What are the chances that building the wall has a lot to do with getting kickbacks to Trump....

.... and his cabal? When you are spending billions what's a few missing millions?

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:30 AM

6. My thoughts exactly.

This administration is the most corrupt - EVER. Obviously, the Pentagon needs to be audited, if this much money is floating around for the talking.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:29 PM

9. Remember in the middle east they lost millions in cash and in one case a billion just went POOF!

Hopefully, somebody is watching Fort Knox especially since it has been open to Trump administration visitors in 2017.

'The gold is safe!': Fort Knox opens its impregnable doors to civilians for the first time since 1974... and they all swear that the $186 billion protected in its vaults IS definitely still there

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4810766/After-40-years-Fort-Knox-opens-vault-civilians.html

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:56 PM

8. They will launder this

like Walt and Skyler.

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:09 AM

5. For that amount of money . . .

the walls look pretty and durable but they are not. Therefore, yes, shithole's contractors and cronies including him are pocketing monies.

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:20 PM

7. Esper kisses ass like a professional

He did graduate USMA 1986, with Pompeo...


Here's what retire General Paul Eaton had to say about Pompeo and his graduating class.

https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/news/who-mentored-you-retired-us-army-general-slams-mike-pompeo-and-his-west-point-graduating-class/articleshow/73749510.cms

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