Washington, May 11 -- Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, has notified Congress that he intended to shift $1.5 billion that had been designated for the Afghanistan war and other projects to help pay for work on President Donald Trumps proposed border wall.

The money from the Pentagon's other programmes will be the last that it moves to help build about 80 miles of fencing and barriers along the southern border, The New York Times quoted Shanahan as saying on Friday.

The newest shift in funding is in addition to the $1 billion that the Defence Department transferred to wall construction in March from the Army's personnel budget.

Shanahan insisted that the budget transfer would not affect "readiness" - the military catchall term ...