• Money to be used for 57 miles of 18ft-high fencing, CNN reports
  • Democrats say transfer of funds is ‘theft’ from armed forces

The Department of Defense has redirected $1bn in funding to allow construction of some of Donald Trump’s border wall, it announced late on Monday night, in a move Democrats said would worsen existing “substantial shortfalls” in defense spending.

Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, said the $1bn would go towards 57 miles of 18ft-high fencing and other measures along the border, CNN reported.

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