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Candidate Mark Kelly blasts military cuts for border wall

Posted: 4:05 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 18:05:39-05
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PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly is criticizing the Trump administration's plan to divert money from defense projects to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Kelly said Friday that the plan isn't necessary and could impact the F-35 fighter program at Luke Air Force Base.

The Pentagon on Thursday slashed billions of dollars in funding for 17 Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to free up money for the wall.

Kelly says border security is important but building a wall is an outdated way of achieving it.

Kelly is a retired astronaut and is married to former Rep. Gabby Giffords.