Pentagon says 2,000 troops on border to cost $182M

Pentagon says 2,000 troops on border to cost $182M
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Sending 2,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border will cost $182 million through the end of the fiscal year, the Pentagon’s top spokeswoman said Thursday.

The money would come from the Guard’s operation and maintenance and military personnel accounts, spokeswoman Dana White said.

“These are funds that are for training and so we’ll use them, but at this time there are no concerns,” she said.

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Asked whether there were concerns that dipping into such accounts would affect force readiness, she replied that there were no issues “right now.”

The 2,000 troops represent just half the amount that President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE wants to send to the border.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisAmash rips Trump over move to send troops from Syria to Iraq Defense chief says US troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE in April authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to be sent to the border in Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona as part of President Trump's plan for the military to shore up the southern border until his administration builds a border wall.

The president has called for federal officials to prevent people from illegally entering the U.S.

While Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have sent at least 1,000 troops so far, California rejected the federal government's initial plans for sending guardsmen to the border, as the work was thought to be too closely tied to immigration enforcement.