Trump wrongly diverted billions to build wall: Appeals court The $2.5bn diverted from military construction was done without Congressional approval and unlawful, the court said. Trump’s use of military funds for border wall construction is illegal, 9th Circuit Court rulesTrump’s transfer last year of $2.5 billion in military funds to pay for the barrier was an illegal overreach of executive authority, a three-judge panel ruled. The Trump administration's decision to spend Pentagon funds on the US-Mexico border wall was illegal, a federal appeals court ruledThe Trump administration's actions violated the Constitution's Appropriations Clause, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday. Trump can't divert military funds for wall, federal appeals court saysThe Trump administration doesn't have the authority to divert Pentagon funds to construct additional barriers on the US-Mexico border, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, days after President Donald Trump's visit to a section of the wall in Arizona. Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Diversion of Military Funds for Border WallAn appeals court ruled that President Trump illegally diverted funding for his border wall without congressional approval, likely sending the issue to the Supreme Court. Court: Trump administration's use of military funds for border wall unlawfulMuch of the money has already been awarded.