No decision made on spending for Trump’s wall, says Shanahan

18 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

No decision made on spending for Trump’s wall,

says Shanahan

Central American migrants queue at a warehouse used as a shelter in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico on Saturday. Some 50 Central American migrants staying at a shelter in Piedras Negras, have already been accepted to begin their application for political asylum in the United States. President Donald Trump, repeating his claim that “walls work,” announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency in order to build a barrier on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress. -AFP PHOTO

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, reports AFP.

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to address what he called an “invasion” of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the US border with Mexico.

The declaration means he would be able to sidestep Congress to access federal funds from elsewhere to help pay for building the border wall. The move however was immediatly challenged in court.

“So very deliberately, we have not made any decisions. ... There has been no determination by me,” Shanahan said on the way home from Germany.

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 White House said Friday that Trump will access $6.1 billion from two Pentagon sources: $3.6 billion from a military construction fund, and $2.5 billion from Defense Department counter-drug activity funds.