If I was trying to crib money from somewhere, the Navy shipbuilding fund is literally the LAST place I would go looking.
If your going to take money from defense, a strategy I will never endorse, BUT if your going to do it, I can suggest a better and more productive transfer.
However about ending all these endless wars and bring the troops home.
Reduce the United States Army end strength by 40,000 men.
With the money saved and presumably transferred by “emergency” fiat, again something I won’t endorse, just showing a better way, double both ICE and the Border Patrol, both currently at 20,000 agents. Given the soldiers being RIFed priority and preferential consideration for the new ICE and Border Patrol positions.
FORGET THE ****** ******* WALL!!!
Take those new agents and create a constant “swarm” of manned and unmanned eyes along the border. Create such a presence so that agents can be at any location along the border in a matter of minutes.
The wall is ineffective and worthless and any money used on it is wasted money.
If you are interested in REAL security and border integrity, only real people on real patrol will ensure either goal.
Again, I don’t approve of ripping off the Department of Defense in this manner. But if it is going to happen, at least do something that will ******* work and provide border security and integrity. The wall is a ******* joke.
As for the Navy.
The Navy has ALREADY submitted a reduced shipbuilding budget. The 355 ship navy will never happen. Trump’s “redirection” of money to the foolish wall will likely cost an America-class amphibious assault ship at the very least and likely another vessel.