The Biden Administration on Friday announced plans for how it will redirect billions of dollars former President Donald Trump diverted from the military’s budget to build sections of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border—another step taken by Biden to dismantle a key pillar of Trump’s legacy and fulfill a campaign promise.
In a press release, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) detailed how it will spend the $2 billion Trump diverted from military projects for border wall construction.
The funds will go to “66 previously deferred projects in 11 states, 3 territories, and 16 countries,” the OMB said.
This money will restore funding for projects such as construction on a school for U.S. military children in Germany that “lacks proper air-conditioning, plumbing and security systems,” and the creation of a new complex for two battalions in North Carolina, the OMB stated.
The controversy over diverted funds began in 2019, when Trump declared a national emergency at the border and began to redirect billions of dollars that were allocated by Congress for other purposes to build the wall.
One of the first executive orders President Joe Biden issued when he took office was to pause construction of the border wall and call on his administration to offer a plan for how it would redirect the funds. However, while most of the money