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Trump is hurting the military for his own political benefit

Frida Ghitis, a former CNN producer and correspondent, is a world affairs columnist. She is a frequent opinion contributor to CNN, a contributing columnist to the Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. Follow her on Twitter @fridaghitis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. Read more opinion on CNN.

(CNN)President Donald Trump may have put on his Sharpie spectacle this week to distract us from a much bigger outrage. The Trump administration is taking $3.6 billion from approved military construction projects to pay for part of the wall. Yes, that wall — the one Trump said Mexico would pay for.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper formally authorized the diversion of these funds, a move that is egregious on so many fronts it’s hard to know where to begin.

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