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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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31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. Ron

    March 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Great idea, divert funds originally allocated to projects in blue states to construct “the wall”. Clearly a win-win! Then deploy troops along the border with Mexico. Great training opportunity.

    • Katherine Brown

      March 21, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      It is not just the blue states, and yes, we should deploy the troops to the border. Our oath we take when joining, is to protect and defend The United States of America, from ALL enemies, BOTH foreign and domestic. It’s the same oath the president, the vice president take. Every congressman and senator takes the same oath, but they do not honor it. Oh, and out troops, DO NOT NEED TRAINING, they are already trained. Get a clue.

    • Becky Clark

      March 21, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      Reed, this funds have not even been awarded contracts yet! The Pentagon knows what they are doing and has already provided a list of the things that will still be built and the money for those things will not be touched! We need a border wall to keep America secure. What I don’t understand is if you don’t think there is a crisis at the border, why don’t you and several other senators take a little trip to the border and do a ride along with CBP at night! Other people have done this! And the ones who went there and said no crisis did not go in the evening when a lot of them cross over illegally! Either that or they saw people crossing illegally but all they saw were votes! I mean the senator from Alaska said there was no crisis but she hasn’t gone down to ride with CBP and she resides in a state that is not hugely affected with illegals! Her state is the farthest one from the border with Mexico! Why not take the word of the CBP agents who deal daily with this? Or will seeing a crisis not fit in with your agenda!?

      • Michael

        March 22, 2019 at 1:19 am

        Because they’re phony mother fuckers, that’s why. They know what the situation is, but they actually want the illegals to come in. Why? It’s simple, they want to try and use them to steal elections in order to remain in power. Even though they say illegals can’t vote, the Dems will use any kind of underhanded and even illegal trick they can, such as giving them social security numbers and credentials of dead people. They know they’re losing the support of minorities because Trump’s policies are working, and it’s screwing up their whole system. They don’t want solutions to problems, they want to keep the problems going, so they can lie about whose fault it is and try and brainwash people into believing that they’re the only ones who can solve them, even though they’re actually the ones contributing to and even creating the major issues and problems in the country to begin with.

        • MICHAEL MANFREDONIO

          March 22, 2019 at 5:59 am

          Photo and fingerprint recognition ID cars should be given to American citizen for free and help to get it.They should be required to vote.

        • Nee

          March 22, 2019 at 7:19 am

          Absolutely true. Wish all the liberals and Dems would take a long walk off a shirt cliff! They are disgraceful, get rid if their positions..

  2. Katherine Brown

    March 21, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Protecting and defending our borders and country is part of the oath he took. By the way, congressmen and senators, TOOK THE SAME OATH. Onot Trump is keeping his oath. Our military take the same oath. Glad to see the Pentagon standing behind our president. About time.

  3. Edward Finley

    March 21, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Let’s get it done! Build The Wall! Use the Militart to build it if we need to.
    After all The Military personel get paid regardless of what they are doing. Think about it! This would be a great training exercise and we would have Military personnel helping containment along the border as well. After all this is an invasion of our country,which should involve the military in stopping it. We are paying their wages, why not get a dual benefit>

  4. CeeJay Young

    March 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    LOVE IT!!!….Mazie Hirono the loony Democrat from Hawaii has just cost her fellow islanders $400 million in projects….If only she and her fellow Dems had supported President Trump in securing our border!

    Hawaiians!…Remember that when you next go to the polls…

    • Al

      March 21, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Hopefully, Hirono will will lose.

  5. JWalker

    March 21, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Why does ANYONE even listen to the ‘insane’ Democrat party anymore? They haven’t a platform FOR Americans.. they only care about votes whether it’s from toilet-licking 16 years olds (as pictured on Twitter) or illegals. Once they get their votes, those illegals will be left to fend for themselves with the homeless and forgotten.
    BUILD THE WALL and regain Sovereignty. No walls = No country.
    The Democrats are still working for an Evil Satanic One World Order of slavery while Trump is fighting to return the USA to a Republic.

    …waiting for the 87,000+ indictments for fall open so we can finally see JUSTICE!
    PEACE!

  6. Patricia Colquitt

    March 21, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Hallelujah, can I get an amen!

    • Laura Cotter

      March 21, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Amen !

    • Sam Lehman

      March 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      Amen brother

  7. Mike

    March 21, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Let’s build a wall 2000 miles long and all the way to the sky

  8. Yank

    March 21, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Reed, the only slap in the face came from you Socialist Democrats that forced Trump to make that declaration! Then we have the 12 or 13 RINO’s that joined the Socialist party. The only emergency that the Socialist Democrats have had lately is to kill new born or late term babies AND YOU ALL ARE PROUD OF THAT! Well, guess what… We Americans that can see the need for this wall are proud of President Trump AND the wall! These Democrats that have denied funding for added protection of our southern border, these same democrats ALL were all in for a wall or additional protection of our southern borders in their campaign speeches. The only thing different between President Trump is that the Democrats were full of their campaign lies and all talk! President Trump is actually doing what he said he was going to do! Do the math, Reed! Democratic empty campaign lies or President Trump actually PROTECTING America and Americans with a wall to keep out the invaders? Yes, I said invaders because there is no other word I can use that is more fitting regarding what is happening at America’s southern border! God bless America and President Trump!

  9. RIC CARTER

    March 22, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Frying up some fat from the pork barrel!

  10. Lin

    March 22, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Illegals have more rights and sympathy than tax paying Americans. How much sicker can it be?

  11. Lin

    March 22, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Illegals have more rights than tax paying natural born citizens. Barf

  12. Oh in phin

    March 22, 2019 at 1:16 am

    What?

  13. Ginny

    March 22, 2019 at 2:01 am

    President Trump will get the wall built!
    We must stop what is happening at our borders. Use any available money to get the wall built. We are in a crisis
    and Democrats don’t really care about the American People.
    If Democrats really cared about this country they would do something about the horrible situation at our borders.

    What type of people would let things like drugs, human trafficking, women & children being raped & assaulted,
    Human Suffering, and the Hugh Cost to American Taxpayers happen and continue and Not Do Anything To Stop It??
    I’ll tell you what type of person, someone who doesn’t care!!!!! Democrats are an awful bunch of people to let this happen and then lie about what they can plainly see.
    President Trump cares about America and The American People!!!

  14. Earnie Bailey

    March 22, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I cannot imagine how much money has been spent trying to block all the things President Trump is trying to do to MAGA. The next election will show one of 2 things. Has the american citizens realized the Democrats cannot be trusted. The other being, can they get enough fake voters registered to elect a democrat.
    The Democrats are also seem to favor a socialist style government. They are tying to put on a path of becoming a communist country.

    • Sam Lehman

      March 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      Not in my life time, as all patriots, I will go to war over that situation.

  15. Tom T.

    March 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Then, get her done. Trump is a professional builder, plus now he has the Army Corp of Engineers at his command. Should be the fastest border wall construction in history.

  16. san

    March 22, 2019 at 9:22 am

    TRUMP IS PROTECTING OUR BORDERS AND THAT IS WHAT HE WAS ELECTED TO DO. HE SAID HE WILL PAY BACK THE MONEY. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT?

  17. abolishliberals

    March 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    This is why we haven’t “Truly” won a war since WWII. The Politicians do not (refuse) to listen to the men who are at the front, fighting, planning, doing all recon. and who know exactly what is going on and what needs to be done to stop it. These dems and other repubs who are saying that there is no crisis are not only spitting in the face of the men and women who are at the border trying to keep it under control and stop the flow of Illegals, but they are also spitting in the face of the American people and telling us all, our safety does not matter to them as much as votes do! These politicians NEED to listen to those who are at the border every single day working to keep us safe and admit that they know whats best. Most of the people who are against the wall and are saying “no Crisis” have never been there, or have never been in a situation like whats happening there at the border or are just Lying morons with no spine who would rather get votes than keep us all safe. The wall would protect not only those of us who are Mature enough to know we need the wall but also those of You who buy into the democrat hype and lies and haven’t matured enough yet to recognize that they also need the protection it will provide.

  18. Bill Van Dam

    March 22, 2019 at 10:25 am

    JUST BUILD THE DAMN WALL ALREADY. MAKE IT 30-40 FEET DEEP SO THE ILLEGALS HAVE A HARD TIME DIGGING UNDER IT. ACTUALLY, BOOBY TRAP THE DAMN WALL WITH ELECTRICITY.

  19. Joseph A Midona

    March 22, 2019 at 11:41 am

    BUILD THAT WALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Pattie Kelly

    March 22, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Pro-Trumpers sit back and laugh at the RINOS who did not stand with our President on the border crisis and remind them that their constituents don’t have short memories. They did not back their president and I don’t believe all the senators constituents do not think we have a national crisis at the southern border.

  21. Mary Johnson

    March 22, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Build the Wall. Protect America and her people.

  22. Sam Lehman

    March 22, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    they should have a draft and draft 18 to 25 year old’s for the border states to patrol the southern border. give them a night stick and a flash light, half of a pup tent, MRE’s and space them every 300 feet apart in twos. Just maybe they would change their attitude towards a need for the wall.

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