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 TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE wants to send to the border.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat 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.