The February 15 deadline passed with the approval of the remaining budget; averting another partial government shutdown. Although Pres. Trump affixed his signature as his concurrence on the appropriations budget approved by Congress, he is not happy with the less than $1.4 billion appropriated for his US-Mexico border wall project.
Immediately after the signing, Trump declared the US South Border under a state of National Emergency. That way, he can assert his privilege to use $6 billion in military and home defense funding, as well as dip his hands to take out $600 million in the Treasury’s Forfeiture Funds. That denotes, the US president intends to augment the $1.4 Congress-approved appropriations with an additional $6.6 billion.
Trump Loses Solid Support of Republicans in Congress
The declaration sent a wave of negative reactions even from fellow Republicans, as many are certain that the declaration will not go unchallenged by Congress. If Trump continues to lose the support of Republican allies in Congress, the declaration may prove to be his final undoing.
The current US state of affairs is in a limbo, with Trump engaging in trade wars not only with China but also with neighboring countries Canada and Mexico, and with European Union countries as well. A failing economy only makes the US an easier target to overpower.
Everyone Except Trump and Advisers Know What is Happening in the South Border
Threats of national security because the south border wall is not high enough remain a product of Trump’s twisted imagination. After all, no matter how high the walls Trump builds, underground tunnels have been built beneath the bollard-style fences; making it possible for illegal immigrants to make their way past the US border.
Decreasing Homeland Defense is considered a greater security risk. Does Trump even know that Homeland Defense, through the help of local and state police, foiled drug operations carried out by way of various underground tunnels built by Mexico drug lords? Probably not, since he vehemently believes that
”Walls work 100% of the time.”