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Trump's troop deployments could cost taxpayers $200 million by 2019

Troops at the border getting into a bus
U.S. Army soldiers at the southern border. Photo: John Moore via Getty Images

President Trump's plans to send as many as 15,000 troops to the southern border could cost more than $200 million by year-end, according to analyst and Pentagon estimates reported by the Washington Post.

The big picture: The added expenditure, which is just a fraction of the $716 billion the U.S. spends on defense each year, comes at a time when the government is operating under a 17% spike in the federal deficit — the largest increase in six years. Per the Post, Trump has ordered the Pentagon to cut $33 billion from its 2020 budget.

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