Top US Marine warns border deployment and other costs pose “unacceptable risks” – CNNPolitics

The commandant of the US Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, has warned acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan that a series of “unplanned and unbudgeted” tasks — including [Trump’s] decisions to deploy Marines to the southern border and to reallocate a portion of the defense budget to pay for the construction of a border wall — has imposed an “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.”

…”Marines will not participate in exercises in Indonesia, Scotland, and Mongolia, and will reduce participation in exercises with Australia and the Republic of Korea at a time where we are attempting to double down on strengthening alliances and attracting new partners,” he added.

..Neller says his ability to reprogram money from the budget to help pay for hurricane relief “will now be limited” due to the “emerging plan for Departmental reprogramming for priorities,” adding that this limit means hurricane work will have to be stopped in May.

The cost of deploying active duty troops to the border was approximately $130 million as of January 1..

Top US Marine warns border deployment and other costs pose “unacceptable risks” – CNNPolitics

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