The president has the money he needs to complete his signature promise in the 2016 campaign for his presidency. President Trump has acquired $8 billion from various government agencies to build his wall, according to Fox News’ host Brian Kilmeade.
Trump announced earlier on Thursday that he plans to sign a bipartisan congressional bill that will give limited border wall funding and then he will declare a national emergency at the southern border.
“Of course today was dominated by many stories, one of which was the bipartisan budget bill for border security. And the big number is—that the president was not happy with—was $1.375 billion to build a border barrier. He could do whatever he wanted with it,” Kilmeade began. “The question was, ‘Would the president add something with that? Would he declare a national emergency?’ I just got off the phone with Mick Mulvaney, chief of staff, and the answer is a resounding ‘Yes.’ Now for the first time, you will hear how much it is and where the money is coming from.”
“It’s going to be about $8 billion. He had the $1.3 [billion], then $600 million will come from the Treasury, the Treasury forfeiture front. $2.5 billion out of [Department of Defense]. They consulted with Mick Mulvaney and the White House over the last few months on what they could actually do and they are going to use some money they feel they can spare on the drug interdiction account,” he continued. “Then they came across with $3.5 billion for the military, the military construction budget.”
Kilmeade added, “They feel they can help in that respect. And then, of course, they have additional money. It all adds up to $8 billion. So the $1.375 [billion] not enough for the president. He wanted $5.7 [billion]. He walks away at the end of the day with $8 billion and, of course, the Democrats and some Republicans are upset about that.”
President Trump’s call to declare a national emergency for the wall was not unexpected. When he gave a speech late last month in which he announced the end of the government shutdown, he also explained that he would take this option if Congress did not advance a deal within a three-week period. This clock would have expired today.
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