‘Border Security Is National Security.’ Mark Esper Defends Shifting Defense Funds for Trump’s Border Wall

Feb 14, 2020 - Time Magazine

(MUNICH, Germany) — 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 ...