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Will He Or Won't He?

Trump on border wall and military

 

 

 

 

President Trump’s stomach for a fight over funding for the border wall seems to be following the same path as the stock market – starting out like gangbusters only to slide after his alleged allies started talking it down.

After the President said he was prepared to take the weight for a government shutdown, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on the House floor that he thinks “going into a shutdown is stupid,” but he offered no immediate plan for funding the wall or the government before the Dec. 21 deadline.

Even worse, the House adjourned for six days soon after his remarks, returning to session today, just two days before the deadline.

Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican proposed an appropriations bill that includes money for border security fencing, as well as what a Senate Democratic aide described as a $1 billion "slush fund" that Trump could use on his immigration policies. The aide told CNBC that Democrats would reject the deal, as House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California later did publicly.

A McConnell spokesman later told NBC News that the "hypothetical slush fund" would not go toward a wall.

Pelosi told reporters that "we'll see" if negotiations with the White House make any progress. She said the wall "is not about money," but rather "about morality."

"It's the wrong thing to do. It doesn't work. It's not effective. It's the wrong thing to do and it's a waste of money," the California Democrat said, according to an NBC News interview reported by CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk.

Yesterday, the White House suggested that President Trump could back down from his demand for $5 billion to fund his proposed border wall in the year-end spending bill.

"We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion that we'll work with Congress," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday morning. She added that the Trump administration could support $1.6 billion in border security funding proposed by Senate Democrats, as long as it can "couple that with other funding resources" to get to $5 billion.

She added, according to reporting by CNBC, that "at the end of the day, we don't want to shut down the government. We want to shut down the border."

The establishment media has already begun to frame Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ comments as, “Trump caved,” but that fails (as usual) to capture exactly what Mrs. Sanders said.

What she said was, "We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion,” and getting that $5 billion to build the wall, and building the wall, is what this battle is all about, shutting down the so-far unfunded pieces of the federal government is only a tactic, not a strategic goal.

Among the alternatives the President has floated is that the military could build the wall — though the Pentagon has said it has no plans to do so, yet.

The idea of having the Pentagon build the wall is gathering support, with Brandon J. Weichert, contributing editor at American Greatness and a contributor at The American Spectator, making the most persuasive case we’ve yet read for that strategy.

Citing the Pentagon’s vast budget, and the waste therein, Weichert notes correctly that there is plenty of room for the military to build the wall, and in line with the thinking expressed in our article “Meet Them With Tanks?” argues that defending the border is a core responsibility of the military.

Forget negotiating with Congress, says Brandon J. Weichert. It’s a dead-end. Just as he ordered the Pentagon to send the troops to the border, President Trump could order the Defense Department to begin construction on the wall immediately. There’s nothing stopping him from doing so. It’s the only way the president will get the wall.

We agree, and with the Democrats looking to close every avenue available to the President for building the wall, the sooner he starts, the better.

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I think the president should shut down the gov. and build the wall fence or what ever you want to call it. Just build it! Apparently the Dem.s don't want to listen to the people. just there own party donor's not the people of the US!

Will he or won't he?

The wall is one critical issue of national security, of course, but why is there no discussion of the array of tunnels from Mexico to the USA? Some of these have been there for years and are large enough to have tracks for small vehicles. Think about how much trafficking has and is going on under the ground and maybe some ground penetrating radar would be very appropriate to disuss alomg with the wall. I for one would strongly recommend some IDF consultants be grough in to get the tunnel destruction program underway.