Why the Trump administration is spending $1.5 billion on the ARCO-7 construction project

The Trump administration’s $1 billion effort to build a new military base in southeastern Louisiana has been a long-running political and budgetary headache for President Donald Trump.

But the president appears to be getting off on the right foot with the $1 million spent on the project, which is part of a $2.7 billion effort by the Pentagon to modernize the nation’s aging military bases.

“The ARCO facility is a key component of our national defense and the President has made clear that he will continue to pursue a strong, stable, and secure military,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.

“I applaud the efforts of the Department of Defense and all of the federal partners involved in this project, and look forward to working with the Department to further advance our shared goal of a stronger America.”

The Pentagon’s $2 billion project is part a $7.5 trillion effort by Trump to modernizing the nations aging military installations, but there are concerns the project could be costly and slow moving.

The project has been criticized by local officials and environmental groups for its potential impact on the local environment and for its proximity to an oil field, a contentious issue in Louisiana.

Trump has previously expressed concerns about the cost of the ARCAX-7 project, saying in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in May that he thought it was going to cost $1 trillion to build and that it was “a waste of money.”

He said at a press conference in April that he did not think it was feasible to have a military base that size, but the cost could have been as high as $4 trillion.

Ahead of the construction, Trump signed a waiver allowing the Pentagon the right to use taxpayer dollars to build the base.

The waiver was signed by Mattis and Secretary of the Army Rob Maness, who oversees the Pentagon’s Army and Marine Corps, and signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The U.S. military said in February it had received a $250 million construction loan from the Army Corps of Engineers, which will pay for the construction of the base in the state of Louisiana.

It is unclear what the cost will be for the project and whether it will be completed as planned by late 2018.

The Army Corps said in its statement that it is not yet in a position to provide an estimate.