I tweeted earlier about this GAO report on the *still going* military deployment to the SW border, asking why being blocked from the public citing security sensitivities considering their $ & little evidence of any - here's full report just released -> gao.gov/assets/720/712…
GAO finds: "DOD used unreliable cost estimates & didn't fully evaluate the effects of the requests on military readiness. Also, DOD didn't track all costs or give Congress timely information on the full costs it incurred for homeland security support, as it was mandated to do"
And yet - DOD spokesman @PentagonPresSec recently said military would remain deployed at southwest border through the end of the year. Question remains as relevant today as when first deployed to SW border for overtly political reasons: What are they (still) doing there?

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