Pentagon Steps In To Help Get Funding For The Wall, Dems Are Going To Be FURIOUS!
Democrats can scream all they want, Trump's wall is happening whether they want it or not! The Pentagon has finally answered the President's call for help getting the border wall up. This new development is sure to have liberals triggers so get ready for some noise from the left.
The Pentagon has approved a plan to spend an additional $1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Friday.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the re-allocation of funds, which were originally earmarked for support of Afghan security forces and other projects, to help pay for the wall along the southern border.
"Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier," he said. "The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness."
In March, Shanahan approved the first transfer of Defense Department dollars and redirected $1 billion to help build nearly 60 miles of wall in Yuma, Ariz. and El Paso, Texas.
The combined total of $2.5 billion is in response to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.
If you remember, Congressional Democrats' opening offer in the conference committee negotiations over border security includes money for new customs agents, technology, and humanitarian relief but not a penny for a border wall.
The proposal also denied the president's request for additional Border Patrol agents because "a staffing model to justify any increase" is "long overdue."
Border security and immigration concerns have been at the core of Trump's political identity since he announced his candidacy in 2015. And from that moment he argued that a "big, beautiful wall" – which Mexico was supposed to pay for – was the key to solving the problem.
If anyone doubted the President calling for a National Emergency, this is why. With Dems blocking his every move, he still needed to find a way to make the wall happen. This is far from enough but it a big starting point.