White House: Trump to free up $8B for border security

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Article by Bryan Howard

February 15, 2019

President Trump is going to sign the border wall deal, but it is being reported he found $8 billion in funds through national emergency in order to build the wall.

Fox News reported, “President Trump‘s plans to declare a national emergency in order to fund his long-promised border wall will enable his administration to move $8 billion from various federal agencies to fund the project, a senior administration official told Fox News late Thursday.”

Fox News Brian Kilmeade reported the breaking news.

Kilmeade stated, “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. 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.”

Kilmeade continued, “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. 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.”

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