The real price of Trump’s wall
The Washington Post
Now we see the “collateral damage” of President Trump’s obsession with building a border wall, said The Washington Post in an editorial. Trump is seizing $3.6 billion in congressionally approved military construction funds to build 450 miles of wall in defiance of Congress, using the dubious national emergency he declared at the southern border as legal justification. That includes hundreds of millions of dollars allotted to build and renovate schools for children on American military bases. “Sorry, kids: Mr. Trump wants his wall—the one it turns out Mexico is not paying for.” Planned improvements at the U.S. Military Academy’s engineering center have also been scrapped. All told, 127 projects have been effectively defunded in nearly half the states. America’s overseas territories and bases have been hit the hardest. Puerto Rico will lose $400 million earmarked for five hurricane repair projects. “More than $700 million was snatched from sites in Europe, mainly for projects designed to protect the continent from Russian aggression.” So far, most Republican lawmakers have sheepishly accepted the president’s blatant power grab. This sets a terrible precedent. Someday, a Democratic president will seize defense funds or farm subsidies for his or her own pet projects.