Pentagon to cancel border wall projects

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The Pentagon on Friday said it was cancelling the construction of parts of former president Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico that were being built using military funds, with the unused money being returned to the military.

Trump declared a national emergency in 2019 in an effort to redirect funding to build a wall along the US southern border.

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on January 20, his first day in office, ordering a freeze on border wall projects and directing a review of the legality of its funding and contracting methods.

“The Department of Defense is proceeding with cancelling all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for other military missions and functions such as schools for military children, overseas military construction projects in partner nations, and the National Guard and Reserve equipment account,” Pentagon spokesman Jamal Brown said in a statement.— Reuters