Pentagon's list of projects defunded for Trump's wall includes schools for military families, Puerto Rico

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"President Donald Trump is building his wall, and Puerto Rico is going to pay for it," NBC News reports. On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that it is diverting $3.6 billion appropriated for 127 Defense Department projects to build 175 miles of new and replacement border fencing; $400 million of that comes from 10 projects in Puerto Rico, including a power substation and a National Guard readiness center. Also defunded, Reuters notes, are schools and daycare centers for military families from Kentucky to Maryland and Germany to Japan.

Trump declared a national emergency in February to circumvent Congress, which declined to fund his wall, and the Pentagon released its preliminary list of defunded projects in March. A Pentagon spokeswoman said Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who signed off on the diverted funds, was following a "lawful order" from Trump. She said the Pentagon hopes Congress will fund the defunded projects but acknowledged there's no guarantee it will.

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