Pentagon lists possible military project cuts to pay for Trump's border wall

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Posted at 5:35 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 11:20:06-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to lawmakers who want to know which might be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border.

Democrats say the list shows Trump is willing to cut needed defense spending and make the U.S. less secure just to finance his wall.

They're suggesting that once lawmakers know which home-state projects could be targeted, they'll be likelier to vote next week to override Trump's veto of a measure aimed at preventing the cuts.

Hundreds of projects listed have a combined price tag of around $12.9 billion. Defense Department officials say some projects listed won't be cut.

Several projects in San Diego are on the DOD list, including:

-- New landing pads at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
-- Pier replacement at Naval Base San Diego
-- Airfield improvements at Naval Air Station North Island
-- Construction of a Fire Emergency Response Station at Camp Pendleton


Trump declared a national emergency at the Mexican boundary last month after Congress limited him to just under $1.4 billion to build border barriers. He invoked a law that would let him siphon other budget funds -- $3.6 billion from military construction -- to build the structures and fulfill his prime 2016 campaign promise.

Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump said that Mexico would pay for a wall, but it has consistently refused.