Border wall money diversion will take $77 million from Virginia military projects, Kaine and Warner say

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to military personnel and their families Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Osan Air Base, Korea. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Trump administration’s relentless push to build its wall along the Mexican border will siphon more than $77 million from four military projects in Virginia, Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner said in a statement today.

The Democratic senators said they were informed by the Department of Defense that the overall diversion of $3.6 billion in Pentagon funding for the wall will strip money from the following projects:

  • Cyber Operations Facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis will lose $10 million.
  • Navy Ships Maintenance Facility in Portsmouth will lose $26.1 million.
  • A project to replace a hazardous materials warehouse in Norfolk will lose $18.5 million.
  • A project to replace a hazardous materials warehouse in Portsmouth will lose $22.5 million.

“The decision by the president to divert funding meant to support U.S. national security interests so that he can build a border wall only makes us less safe,” Warner said. “Taking money away from our military – including funding to support critical projects here in Virginia – will mean we are less equipped to tackle threats here at home and abroad.”

Kaine said “the well-being of American troops is the core responsibility of every commander in the military, yet the commander-in-chief is shirking that duty so he can advance his own political agenda.”