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Pentagon Chief Sees Risks as Trump Siphons Funds for Border Wall

  • Shanahan says he’s just following a ‘legal order’ from Trump
  • Pentagon says it will tap $1 billion in recruitment funding
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Shifting military funds to build President Donald Trump’s wall at the southern border will undermine the Pentagon in the future, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan acknowledged, yet he said he was following an order from his commander-in-chief.

“We said, ‘Here are the risks longer-term to the department’ and those risks were weighed,”’ Shanahan said Tuesday at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. “Given a legal order from the commander-in-chief, we are executing on that order.”