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When he issued his national emergency declaration about the crisis on the southern border in February, President Donald Trump was hoping for $3.6 billion from the Pentagon that could be used to help build a border wall.

But a list of possible projects provided by the Pentagon shows that $12.8 billion worth of military construction projects — more than three times what Trump is requesting — could be slowed or stopped to divert money for the wall, the Washington Examiner reported.

The list was made public by Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, who shared a spreadsheet that lists projects by state or country and branch of service.

Although $6.8 million worth of projects on the list are from the 2019 federal fiscal year, $1.8 billion worth of projects on the list — roughly half the amount Trump was seeking — are from prior to the 2018 federal fiscal year. All projects on the list are those for which contracts have not yet been awarded.

The Pentagon said that its list would not include military housing, barracks or dormitories.

Trump’s proposed budget for the 2020 federal fiscal year, which starts in October, calls for repaying the Pentagon construction fund $3.6 billion to make up for money repurposed for wall construction.

About $700 million worth of California projects are on the list, according to the Examiner.

Hawaii had more than $400 million worth of projects on the list, while Maine, New York, North Carolina, and Guam all topped $200 million worth of projects the Pentagon said could be stopped in order to allocate funds for the wall, the Examiner reported.

Inclusion on the list does not mean a project has been targeted to be stopped.

If Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense, were to “determine that construction along the southwest border is necessary to aid the mission of military personnel supporting the Department of Homeland Security, some projects within this pool may be used to fund up to $3.6B in barrier construction,” Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN.

Reed is opposed to Trump’s declaration. Last week, Congress tried to block the declaration from moving forward, but Trump vetoed a congressional resolution that sought to stop the declaration.

The resolution was drafted by Democrats, but passed in the Senate with the support of 12 Republican senators.

“What President Trump is doing is a slap in the face to our military that makes our border and the country less secure. He is planning to take funds from real, effective operational priorities and needed projects and divert them to his vanity wall,” Reed said in a statement Monday.

Trump, however, said that the congressional resolution and its supporters let down the country.

“The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month. It is definitely a national emergency. Rarely have we had such a national emergency,” Trump said Friday as he vetoed the resolution, according to a White House media pool report.

Trump said the need for wall keeps rising.

“Last month, more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border. We’re on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders. People hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is. It’s an invasion of drugs and criminals and people.

“We have no idea who they are, but we capture them because border security is so good,” he said, according to the pool report.

“But they’re put in a very bad position, and we’re bursting at the seams. Literally, bursting at the seams.”

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. John Boyd

    March 20, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Hey Senator Reed, go pound sand! There are consequences to losing elections especially if you lose the presidency. Build the wall!

  2. Nell

    March 20, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Continue to stand your ground, President Trump! Patriots love and support you! We absolutely have a National emergency. Build that wall! 👍🏼🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  3. Doris Frazier

    March 20, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    WE NEED THE WALL. Reed if one of these illegals got a hold of one of your family and raped murdered or drug death you would feel differently.. You liberals are absolutely twisted in thinking these illegals are more important than Americans.. This is OUR country and we pay your salary so do you dam job and do what is right for America’s National Security.. Democratic party needs to be ABOLISHED. You have done NOTHING for us and continue to do nothing.

    • Irma

      March 20, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      I have 1st hamd information and 1st hand witness to crossing by illegals. Living directly along the bank of the Rio Grande i get to see groups of 10 to 12 crossing the Rio Grande from 2’3 times per day . Border Patrol are constantly hauling their butts working to apprehend them and placing illegals in their boats helping illegals change into dry clothes, feeding, offering water. Etc
      Never have i seen mistreatment by Border Patrol. They do a dangerous job all day. This illegals cross directly through my yard. Luckly. I am the only one without defense weapons so all I can do is call B.P if I spot anything. WE AMERICANS who witness such activity along the bank have known of stormy break in other areas. The Media never reports this activities for the sake of keeping their word that we do not have a National Crisis. If this is not a National Crisis I have no foggy idea what is.

      • chris

        March 20, 2019 at 11:46 pm

        Sounds like you also badly need a wall, Irma.

  4. Joseph Holland

    March 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I agree the Democratic party does need to abolished and any one that don’t think we need the Wall then it fucking door and don’t come back. Build the Wall Mr President we are behind you 100% and will vote you in office in 2020. Trump all the way. Hell yeah!!!!!! The Democrats can go take flying jump right into another country because they don’t give 2 shits about us Americans.

  5. Dovie

    March 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Go president Trump! Build the wall as fast as you can. Don’t give them time to think of another excuse to keep you from building it. Just do it! Take all the money from California the politicians are all corrupt. They are letting illegals in by the droves. Giving then voting rights and money and health care and homes the rest of us don’t have
    Stop giving them money to give to illegals. As long as they want to be a sanctuary state let them support their own foolishness. All the politicians have big fancy houses with fences and armed guards around them why can’t we have a fence on the border. Collectthe military money the go fund me money and put the military to work building the wall! That’s why we voted you into office now do it!

  6. kat

    March 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    The Public needs to remember those Senators who did NOT vote for the Wall. Remember these names:
    – Senator Lamar Alexander
    – Senator Susan Collins
    – Senator Corey Gardner
    – Senator Johnny Isakson
    – Senator Lisa Murkowski
    – Senator Mitt Romney
    I do not have the names of the Democrats who voted in favor of the wall.

  7. ANI4ANI

    March 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Well the dems say POTUS is a climate denier, POTUS says they r border crisis deniers the latter can investigated immediately.
    Gather all the dem politicians pitch up 20 – 40 small tents along the unguarded border & let them sleep there with BP/ICE/POLICE/MILITARY?PRIVATE SECURITy 4 @ least 10 days.. Since dems believe all illegals r peaceful law abiding GLOBAL citizens, ABSOLUTELY NO GUNS! In any. case dems don’t believe in guns. Frankly I VERYYYYYY much doubt they will last 10 hours.

    • ANI4ANI

      March 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Meant 2 say without law enforcement.

    • ROSE

      March 21, 2019 at 4:52 am

      YOU HAVE THE BEST IDEA THAT I HAVE HEARD,YET.ANI4ANI.MY IDEA WAS,TO MAKE THEM(THOSE THAT DON’T WANT THE WALL) TAKE THE ILLEGALS HOME WITH THEM TO SUPPORT AND TOTALLY CARE FOR THEM

  8. Dragonfly43

    March 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Liberals who don’t want the wall should look at pictures of all the dead bodies left by rival, fighting gangs in Mexico. That’s what they want to bring into our country!

  9. Dovie

    March 20, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Build the wall as fast as possible. Use the military to build the wall and to protect the Go Trump Go! Make America safe the military is just sitting there doing nothing for us. Instead their lives are wasted protecting other countries. Bring our military home and use them to defend America.

  10. wvweights

    March 27, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    OK one billion will build 57 miles? A short while ago there were posts about a construction company that say it WOULD build the whole fence…..and I do believe the figure was about 1 1/2 billion…..mind you the whole dam thing, not 57 miles. I have seen nothing since. Does any one know the status of their offer? And if it is a honest quote why has it not been signed up. OR the crooked politicians want all kinds of money so their friends can get the contracts and of course the politicians will get a…..finders fee. 1 1/2 billion equals home many billions the other way?

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