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President Trump wants a border wall. He wants it black. And he wants it by Election Day. - The Washington Post
"President Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project.

He also has told worried subordinates that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly, those officials said.

Trump has repeatedly promised to complete 500 miles of fencing by the time voters go to the polls in November 2020, stirring chants of “Finish the Wall!” at his political rallies as he pushes for tighter border controls. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed just about 60 miles of “replacement” barrier during the first 2½ years of Trump’s presidency, all of it in areas that previously had border infrastructure."
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august 2019 by conner
Unspent military retirement funds will be tapped to help build border wall
In total, according to the Journal, $6.1 billion in military funds will be diverted for the border wall. The other sources include:

$604 million that was supposed to support Afghan security forces.
$251 million in Pentagon funds for destroying chemical weapons.
$343 million “in spending from Air Force weapons programs where officials have negotiated reductions or canceled systems,” The Journal said.
Some other military construction funding for military bases may also be used to fund the border wall.
Funding initially slated for construction projects for military bases across the world could also go toward the border wall.
borders  GOP  military  budget  assholes 
august 2019 by conner

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