gen. robert neller

Top Marine warns 'unplanned' tasks pose 'unacceptable risk'

The commandant of the US Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, has warned acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan that a series of "unplanned and unbudgeted" tasks -- including President Donald Trump's decisions to deploy Marines to the southern border and to reallocate a portion of the defense budget to pay for the construction of a border wall -- has imposed an "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency."