Several days into Trump’s dubious “national emergency” that he admitted was just to build his wall “faster,” news broke that over a third of the money he planned to snatch out of funds for actual emergencies has probably already been spent.
BREAKING: More than a third of the federal ?@realDonaldTrump wants to redirect to build a #BorderWall is not available. It’s been spent. Congress—including Dems—would have to approve making new ? available. That’s not happening. Time for a Plan B. pic.twitter.com/aSZ1LksdPY— John M. Donnelly (@johnmdonnelly) February 22, 2019
According to the report in Roll Call, Trump wanted to divert $2.5 billion from Pentagon counterdrug funds (because it’s not like we have an opioid epidemic going on or anything). However, the Department of Defense is reporting that there’s only $85 million left in that particular account. Maybe they spent it after Trump himself made a bunch of noise about all those drugs coming over the Mexican border.
John M. Donnelly points out that, in order to add more funds back into that particular account, the Pentagon would need authorization from Congress, including the House, which is now controlled by Democrats. So, nope.
Even if Trump finds a way to make up that big chunk of missing money, his other sources are $3.6 billion from military construction funds and $600 million from the Treasury Department. This gets him nowhere near the estimated $21.6 billion that the Department of Homeland Security estimated it would take to build a wall across the entirety of the border. And let’s not forget about the hundreds of millions it would cost every year to maintain.
Someone is running out of options, and Twitter is enjoying the view of failure.
He tried to rob an empty bank.— BeAmericaAgain2020 ?? (@APDW4MO) February 22, 2019
The president yall pic.twitter.com/XwgGwx2dNS
It's a good thing Mexico is paying for The Wall, right? pic.twitter.com/PW7rMsluDS— Red™️ (@Redpainter1) February 22, 2019
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Ah, fuck it
That's why his attacking CA Bullet train, he wants the money appropriated for it. Wish Nunes and McCarthy would grow a pair because their district is getting the 1st leg of NOW— Blue Water Navy Veteran Widow (@BluewaternavyW) February 22, 2019
Trump doesn't seem like the Plan B kind of guy. He's got nothing.— dєєpκηïghƚ (@deepknight) February 22, 2019
jesushchrist, trump can't even mafia correctly— Dan Hall (@dotdash1961) February 22, 2019
Hey, it sounds good to the MAGAts. Donnie is in there fighting with a losing hand. Why should he worry about facts and details when more lies can do the trick with his shrinking base?— Adam Progressive (@AdamProgressive) February 22, 2019
Who's paying for the wall? Mexico!!!! Who's paying for the Wall?? Puerto Rico!!! Who's paying for the wall??? The military!! Who's paying for the wall??? Disaster victims!!! Who's paying for the wall???? "Don't worry, it's very, very on it's way".— Leslie (@diatribestress) February 22, 2019
Problem is, Trump always has only one plan. There is never any back up plan/plans. His inability to understand that just because he wants something doesn't mean it will happen shows he is unfit to lead.— Stoney Burke (@Sparky0806) February 22, 2019
He always claims how rich he is, why doesn't he pay for it himself lol— bonnie blue ♀ (@BonnieblueBlue) February 22, 2019
It doesn’t matter who they tax or how much more they tax - no one will really benefit - no one is worse at blowing money then the Govt, a kid would spend less and likely more wisely! pic.twitter.com/y7Y5Xd3QhU— Yossarian13〽️ (@SirSkyIl) February 22, 2019
Audience: “We figured as much.”— A Guy Named Fred (@Enc_du_Cow) February 22, 2019
****falls out laughing hysterically**** pic.twitter.com/kj8TEpXwlC— Ebonie Reid #theresistance? (@EbonieReid) February 22, 2019
Any day now it's going to be shaking down tourists for their pocket change.— XW (@XanWoodruff) February 22, 2019
No government agency will willingly give up funds. I suspect every agency is going to say the same thing as the DOD—gosh, we already spent that money.— Skip To Mallou (@SkipToMallou) February 22, 2019
You're asking a heck of a lot from this administration to make it past Plan B without alphabet blocks and extra boxes of crayons.— ?MErider? (@trailhen) February 22, 2019
Perhaps Trump could personally guarantee a rubles loan to DOD.— Old Man Young (@OldManYoung6) February 22, 2019
He's at, like, Plan D already. First Mexico was gonna pay for it, then he was gonna do wall money for Dreamers, then he tried to shut down the government to extort it, and now the emergency angle. "Plan B?" More like time to give up.— Andrew (@AndrewSnarks) February 22, 2019
Once again, evidence for why Trump can actually bankrupt casinos. Even while his dad was trying to pump millions inon the down low. ?????— ?Diane ? (@jidgeMist) February 22, 2019
Further proof—as if we needed it—that this administration and the president in particular are the laziest, half-assed dimwits to ever occupy the White House— JSanderson (@JohnSanderson88) February 22, 2019
And that’s their best trait
He could just tell the contractors he has the money then stiff them like he did in business.— Chris (@chrisphusband) February 22, 2019
So, he can't even declare a national emergency right. pic.twitter.com/7Aimmm7wYj— Hunter G. Stark (@HunterGStark) February 22, 2019
House Democrats have already released a resolution to end the alleged “national emergency” while 16 U.S. states are suing over it. It seems likely that Democrats in the Senate will be able to find enough votes to pass their resolution, seeing as even Republicans were saying that this national emergency would be a disaster for the party before it happened. How many times does Trump need to suffer humiliating defeats over his wall before he gives up?
At least this is distracting him while progressives gain ever more support for the Green New Deal.