And yet the military continues to support him.
Courtesy of WaPo:
President Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post.
The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, from military construction projects and counternarcotics funding. According to the plans, the funding would give the government enough money to complete about 885 miles of new fencing by spring 2022, far more than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the U.S. border with Mexico.
Trump took $2.5 billion from military counterdrug programs for border barrier construction in 2019, but this year his administration is planning to take significantly more — $3.5 billion. Trump administration officials also are planning to take $3.7 billion in military construction funding, slightly more than the $3.6 billion diverted in 2019.
The move would bring the total amount of federal funds allocated to border fencing to $18.4 billion under Trump, who made the border barrier a priority during his campaign for the presidency in 2016.
So apparently fighting drug trafficking and building new schools and housing on military bases are not nearly as important to Donald Trump as placating his base.
It feels to me as if this is a move of desperation on Trump’s part to keep a campaign promise that will help secure the support of his xenophobic base before November.
I mean this is not a thing that would invite new support from independents so it has to be directed at his white supremacist supporters.