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Back in December 2018, the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee confidently assured reporters that Congress would prevent President Donald Trump from raiding the Defense Department's budget to pay for his border wall.
"It's a question that isn't really worth asking because the president will send up his budget and we'll see – and if there is wall funding in it, we'll all flip out and say, 'You can't do that,'" Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.
As you beloved readers know by now, not only has the president successfully diverted funding for military construction and counter-narcotics operations to pay for the border wall, but the Defense Department is now sacrificing F-35s – once the ultimate golden calf – to help extend the wall another 177 miles.
The Pentagon is sacrificing F-35s and other weapons systems to find $3.8 billion to fund the border wall
The Defense Department has determined President Donald Trump's border wall is more important than the F-35s, ships, and drones.
A federal judge in El Paso has issued a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration's use of military construction funds to build a border wall.
U.S. District Judge David Briones said in a memorandum filed Tuesday that funds appropriated by Congress to the Department of Defense for construction projects can't be diverted to build a border wall.
The Defense Department's Inspector General's Office has launched an "evaluation" of the deployment of active-duty and National Guard troops to the southern border, a news release said Tuesday.
"We will examine, among other issues, what they are doing at the border, what training they received, and whether their use complied with applicable law, DoD policy, and operating guidance," said Glenn Fine, the principal deputy inspector general performing the duties of the inspector general, in the release.