Nancy Pelosi is doing everything in her power to stop Donald Trump’s agenda.
And she thought she scored a game-changing victory.
But then Donald Trump slapped Nancy Pelosi with the one surprise that left her blood boiling.
Democrats and the media hoped Donald Trump accepted defeat on the border wall after the government shutdown.
They were wrong.
The President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget includes a request for $8.6 billion dollars in border wall funding.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The $8.6 billion request for barrier funding—$5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and $3.6 billion for Defense Department military construction—would enable the Trump administration to complete its plans for new or replacement barriers for 722 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, an administration official said. Of that, 122 miles of barriers are complete or under construction, the official said. The southern border is about 1,991 miles in length overall.
Separately, the proposal would also restore $3.6 billion in funding for military construction that the president tapped as part of his emergency declaration, the administration official said.
Unhappy that Congress wouldn’t allocate $5.7 billion in wall funding for the current fiscal year, Mr. Trump late last year withdrew support for a bipartisan Senate deal extending funding levels until February, which triggered the shutdown. Mr. Trump ended the shutdown in January by signing a three-week spending bill that contained no wall funding.
Last month, just before declaring the national emergency, Mr. Trump signed a spending bill that allocated $1.38 billion for barrier funding the rest of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. In declaring his emergency, Mr. Trump designated other funds that he said would enable him to pull together $6.7 billion from the military and other sources for new barrier construction.
Democrats immediately panned the proposal.
But this is just the beginning of negotiations.
And it is clear that Donald Trump did not toss aside his signature campaign promise.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.