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Trump emergency declaration will siphon off $749M in Guam buildup funds

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas has received information indicating that President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall along the Mexican border will siphon off nearly $750 million in Department of Defense funding for the Guam military buildup.

$3.6 billion in DOD construction funds would be tapped for the border wall, according to San Nicolas, diverting over $749 million dollars of current Guam buildup funding.

The amount represents over 10 percent of the U.S. commitment to realign forces to Guam.

In a release, San Nicolas states that the “diversion of these funds will certainly setback the military buildup once again and could further jeopardize it altogether as it represents a softening of the commitment.”

The congressman said he has co-sponsored a resolution that is already being circulated that challenges President Trump’s proposed emergency declaration to build the wall.

 “We cannot allow the real threat of fueling China’s assertiveness to get walled in,” said San Nicolas.

He said he’ll also send a letter to Gov. Lou Leo Guerrero, urging her to implore President Trump to exclude Guam projects from the emergency fund diversion, during her meetings with the administration officials this week.