Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema criticized President Trump’s decision to cancel $3.6 billion in military projects for his notorious wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, including $30 million that was slated for Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Sinema said in a statement Thursday that redirecting the money for the border wall “risks military readiness and our security.” She said even if the projects get eventually funded, as Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) has claimed in defense of Trump’s move, they “may lead to wasted taxpayer dollars as the cost of construction goes up over time.”
Pentagon officials halted the construction of 127 military projects to fund construction on a 175-mile stretch of the wall Trump repeatedly claimed would be paid for by Mexico. Among the projects canceled was a $30 million ground transport building at Fort Huachuca, intended to help store the base’s military vehicles and electronic equipment.
On Twitter, presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D- Calif.) called the move “nothing short of abhorrent,” while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement the plan “will harm already planned, important projects intended to support our service members.”