WashPost: Donald Trump Will Transfer $7.2 Billion for Border Wall

Breitbart: President Donald Trump will transfer another $7.2 billion from Pentagon accounts in 2020 to build the promised border wall, according to the Washington Post.

The paper reported January 13 that the president would use his national emergency powers to:

divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post.

The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, from military construction projects and counternarcotics funding. According to the plans, the funding would give the government enough money to complete [a total of] approximately 885 miles of new fencing by spring 2022, far more than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the U.S. border with Mexico.

The pending transfer, if not blocked by Congress or the courts, would bump up his border wall spending to $18.4 billion.

So far, Trump’s deputies have built a little over 100 miles of upgraded “wall system” and are in the process of planning and building another 350 miles.

Chad Wolf, the acting chief of the Department of Homeland Security, admitted last week that the agency will not meet the president’s target of 450 miles by election day. “I can tell you right now that we remain confident that we are on track to [reach] 400, 450 miles that are either completed or under construction by the end of 2020,” Wolf told attendees at a January 10 press conference in Yuma, Arizona. read more

7 Comments on WashPost: Donald Trump Will Transfer $7.2 Billion for Border Wall

  1. ” ….. if not blocked by Congress or the courts …. ”

    That’s a pretty big “if” with both the majority of Congress and the courts opposed to interfering with illegal immigration across our borders.

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  2. Transferring money from the Pentagon to our border does not sound like the action that a WWIII Trump would take. So sorry, neocons and deep state warhawks.

    The money Trump is transferring—and he will get the money, maybe in his second term—will be better spent on the wall than training malevolent Saudi pilots in the USA.

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  3. The transferring of funds has already been approved by the High Court. Last year illegal immigration cost $265 Billion dollars. Building the wall is insignificant in comparison.

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  4. If you haven’t yet tuned in to Varney and crew this morning, strongly recommend you do if you want to put a smile on your face today. Another $7.2B for a wall? Pfftt! Peanuts compared to the tsunami of trade cash and American jobs that are coming our way!

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  5. $13T (trillion with a “T”) added to the asset column of American business and trade since POTUS Trump was elected. This, before today’s US/China phase 1. Let’s see how the Democrats debate THAT! We’ll wait.

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  6. Building a wall is a counternarcotics effort that can be easily demonstrated. He’ll win in court when the dirtbags sue.

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