Donald Trump made rebuilding the military and securing the country a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign.
That promise helped him win the election.
But now the U.S. military just told Donald Trump this one devastating truth.
Democrats, the Fake News Media and Never Trump Republicans fumed when the President declared a national emergency to unlock over three billion dollars in military construction funds to build a border wall.
The President said it would allow the administration to complete between 450 and 500 miles of border wall before the 2020 election.
But now the project is being scaled back.
The Defense Department announced it was canceling 20 miles of new border wall because costs for the project went up.
The Military Times reports:
Three proposed sections of border wall for Arizona are on hold, according to a Monday federal court filing, because they’re going to cost more than the Defense Department planned on spending.
The Army Corps of Engineers “has determined that there are insufficient contract savings to undertake the the three additional” projects, totaling 20 miles of construction on the U.S.-Mexico border, that Defense Secretary Mark Esper originally approved on Aug. 26, per court documents.
The filing is part of three ongoing lawsuits over using $2.5 billion in DoD counter-drug funding on border projects.
The Supreme Court lifted a freeze on that spending, handed down by a lower court, in July. But as the suit is ongoing, the Pentagon must file updates to its plans in federal court.
President Trump’s opponents cheered this development.
They view any setback in building the wall as key to defeating Donald Trump in 2020.
Even 20 miles of wall being canceled is cause for celebration in the Washington, D.C. “Swamp.”
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.