Does Trump Have A Path To The Rest Of The Border Wall Money?

Hot Air | 2/13/2019 | Staff
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Maybe. While we can never count on President Trump actually doing anything until he’s done it, it’s looking more and more like the White House will seek to avoid another government shutdown by agreeing to the deal Congress came up with. In fact, CNN is reporting that he will sign off on it, but that’s coming from “two sources” who supposedly spoke to him. Take that for what you will. That gives the President some money for new border “barrier” construction, but barely another fifty miles worth. It’s both a victory and a loss for both sides, but you know it’s going to severely rankle Trump to take less than half a loaf. And yet he might have another card to play that hasn’t received much attention yet.

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Declaring a national emergency isn’t going to do the trick because, at best, it will be tied up in court for years. Another shutdown is a loser because the Democrats appear to be salivating at the thought of getting to blame the President again. (Besides, it was a process of pulling teeth to get Chuck and Nancy to go along with even the paltry wall money in this compromise.) So what’s left?

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Some have argued that there is “other money” out there in various executive branch departments that could be “differently allocated” to go toward wall construction. That’s possible, but changing the destination of previously approved tax dollars sounds like something the House could veto, or at least tie up indefinitely. Losing control of the House is really closing off a lot of options.

But Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post has another, slightly more subtle suggestion. Trump may be able to bring the Democrats back to the table for the full $5.7B by...
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