Washington (dpa) - The US Department of Defense has reportedly skimmed off $ 3.6 billion (€ 3.3 billion) from existing projects to build what President Donald Trump wanted to do in Mexico. Leading Democrats condemned the plan immediately.

The diversion of funds from already approved projects is an "irresponsible decision" that violates Parliament's budgetary law and is a pity for national security, said House of Representatives spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday night (local time).

Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer said the cannibalization of planned military expenditures for the construction of the Wall was an egotrip trump and a "slap in the face" of all soldiers. According to a report by the Washington Post, the Pentagon plans to cut funds from 127 projects that have already been decided upon in order to build around 280 kilometers of the border wall.

The construction of a wall on the 3200 kilometer border with Mexico was one of Trump's key promises before his election as President. However, the Congress did not release enough funds for this. According to Trump, the wall is designed to limit illegal immigration from Mexico and other Central American countries. Trump then called in February a national emergency at the border in order to redirect existing funds can. At first, a court banned him, but at the end of July, the US Supreme Court gave the green light to resort to Defense Department funds.

Report of the Washington Post