close
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

Pakistan

Web Desk
May 13, 2019

US shifts fund meant for Pakistan, Afghanistan to Mexico Border Wall: report

Pakistan

Web Desk
Mon, May 13, 2019

WASHINGTON: The United States is transferring $1.5 billion originally meant for   Pakistan and Afghanistan to fund US President Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall, several media outlets, citing acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, have reported.

Mr Shanahan was reported as saying,"We reprogrammed $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of fencing and barriers along the southern border without impacting readiness." 

"The funds were culled from a variety of sources, to include unexecuted prior year funds, the suspension of reimbursements to Pakistan, and costs reductions in a series of contracts," he added.

More than $600 million of these funds come from an Afghan security forces account. The US is also taking $78 million from the Coalition Support Fund.

The newest shift in funding is in addition to the $1 billion that the Defense Department transferred to wall construction in March from the US Army’s personnel budget.