Pentagon: Not Enough Money For Trump’s Fake Emergency

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump has declared a "national emergency" and ordered the Department of Defense to begin the process of building his fantasy border wall, but initial planning can't even begin until the Pentagon has identified funds that can be redirected for it.

According to Roll Call, a significant portion of the funds Trump wants to redirect have already been spent and it could be legally impossible for the Pentagon to fund Trump's vanity project.

Out of the $6.7 billion that Trump wants want to redirect to his fantasy wall, over $2.4 billion or more than one-third of it is not available.

That includes $3.6 billion from unspent military construction money, $2.5 billion in unspent Pentagon counterdrug funds and $600 million from a Treasury Department asset forfeiture account.

But the Defense Department has told lawmakers that only $85 million remains unspent in the counterdrug account, a House Appropriations spokesman said Thursday.

The Pentagon is planning to ask Congress for authority to reprogram more than $2.4 billion from other military programs into the counterdrug account in order to then take it right back out and move it to the wall project.

Congress, which is now partially controlled by Democrats, is not going to let the Pentagon direct $2.4 billion from other programs to pay for Trump's wall. And that's an easy decision to make.

There's no way even the most moderate, Joe Manchin-ian Democrat will be afraid to vote against taking money away from legitimate military programs for Trump. And this is counterdrug enforcement funding. Trump tells us the wall is about stopping drugs, doesn't he?

The numerous legal challenges to Trump's wall may not even necessarily matter if he can't even securing funding to begin construction.

  • muselet

    So …

    Donald Trump wants to spend money that’s either already been spent or is budgeted for programs to do what Trump’s wall can’t, in order to build a wall that won’t actually stop anyone or anything coming into the country.

    I think I’ve figured out how Donald Trump managed to go bankrupt running a casino (in case Trump or one of his *snerk* lawyers is reading this, i refer to the subsidiary of the Trump Organization that ran the casino going bankrupt, not Trump himself).


  • katanahamon

    I’m sorry, I’m really sorry that I just don’t have anything constructive to say today about Rump The Chump except..I really hate him..just despise, loathe, revile, you name it, just hate the guy. Sick of his dumbass tweets, his lies, his propaganda, how stupid he is, how transparently malevolent, how incompetent, and just what a revoltingly horrible catastrophe he is for America…

    • Draxiar

      Katanahamon, you’re not alone in this mental state.