According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), neither the White House or the Department of Homeland Security can say with any certainty how much Trump's fantasy border wall would cost because they haven't actually analyzed the costs.
That seems important.
The Government Accountability Office concluded that the Department of Homeland Security has not conducted a full analysis of the costs of building the wall. Department officials have also not properly documented their plans for building a portion of wall in the San Diego area.
Because of the shortfalls, "DHS faces an increased risk that the Border Wall System Program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected," GAO wrote.
The report also said DHS does not consider costs when deciding where to build. That means it "does not have complete information to determine whether it is using its limited resources in the most cost-effective manner."
It will "cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected?"
Could have fooled me.
I don't believe Trump will force a government shutdown in September by vetoing a bill to fund the government that doesn't include border wall money, but it's within the realm of possibility that he will.
Trump may demand money for his wall even though they don't actually know how much money they need for it.