If there was a signature promise that Donald Trump made in 2016 while campaigning for president of the United States, it was this:
I am going to build a beautiful wall and Mexico is going to pay for it.
He made the promise countless times while campaigning for the office. Has he delivered on that one? Hah! Nope.
Mexico has said “no way” will that country pay for it.
Instead, he has just ordered the diversion of $3.6 billion of money already appropriated for the Pentagon to, that’s right, help fund construction of The Wall along our southern border.
Let me see if I have this right: The president is so intent on building The Wall that he is willing to sacrifice funds targeted for actual military construction projects. Is that a form of weakening our national defense network?
More critically, is that even legal, given that Congress has the authority to appropriate money for executive branch functions?
Trump is playing with our money. He is seeking to build that “beautiful” wall with funds set aside for national defense. Yes, the president considers illegal immigration to be a national security concern.
However, what in the name of campaign rhetoric has become of that signature promise he made, that Mexico is going to pay for The Wall?