Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer heavily criticized the decision of President Trump to divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to border wall, calling it a "slap in the face" of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Schumer went on saying that Donald Trump wants to "cannibalize" the pre-approved military funding "to boost his ego."
Defense Secretary had a meeting with congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer on Tuesday to brief them about the financial restructuring.
Esper's notifications come almost half a year after President Trump declared a national emergency in February in order to obtain $8 billion to construct its long-awaited wall with the Mexican border.
$3.6 billion out of the $8 billion were expected to be taken from military construction funds.
Schumer's projects in his home state are among those that will be affected by the reprogramming of the funding. The President is robbing the Defense Department, Schumer said, highlighting that Congress should strongly oppose allocating more funds for new wall construction.
Pelosi agreed with her Schumer stating that canceling military constructions projects at home and overseas will undermine national security as well as the life and morale of our troops. It will make America a less secure place, Pelosi added.
According to Pelosi, the controversial move also dishonors the Constitution as it assaults the Congress' power of the purse and undermines the oath of the President to defend the Constitution and the American people.
She also confirmed that the House would continue opposing such dangerous decisions in the Courts and the Congress. Pentagon also confirmed the news about the funds' allocation.
Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island also blasted the President over the controversial decision. According to Reed, Trump's efforts to combat illegal immigration from South America have failed since Day 1.
In his view, the President's readiness to relocate funding from our troops and disaster victims and spend them on a controversial border wall put all of us at risk. Reed also accused Trump that he was only interested in protecting its political right flank.
In a joint statement, Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy, Dirk Durbin, and Brian Schatz also blasted the President's decision saying that is robbing the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. They also pointed out that the wall would not solve the humanitarian crisis at our Southern border. In their view, it would also not protect the American people.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with President Trump's move to divert nearly $ 4 billion from military projects to construct a border wall?