Washington state sues Trump over diverted military funding

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his plan to shift more than $3.6 billion in military construction projects approved by congress to help build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump’s plan would divert $89 million for a pier project at a naval base in west of Seattle. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday that Trump’s action was a “misuse of his presidential emergency powers to accomplish an ideological political goal.”

Ferguson filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

The cuts result from a Feb. 15, 2019, declaration by Trump that a national emergency exists at the southern border that requires the use of the armed forces. The cut to the project at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor is one of more than 120 military construction projects in 23 states, three U.S. territories and 20 countries that will lose funding to help pay for barriers.