De­ploy­ing troops to bor­der could cost $200 mil­lion

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - News -

The price of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s mil­i­tary de­ploy­ment to the bor­der, in­clud­ing the cost of Na­tional Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb above $200 mil­lion by the end of 2018, ac­cord­ing to an­a­lyst es­ti­mates and Pen­tagon fig­ures.

The de­ploy­ment of as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der – po­ten­tially equal in size to the U.S. troop pres­ence in Afghanistan – oc­curs as the White House or­dered the Pen­tagon to slash next year’s mil­i­tary bud­get by about $33 bil­lion. The costs of the bor­der de­ploy­ments will be a tiny slice of a $716 bil­lion an­nual de­fense bud­get.

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