President Trump has now declared that our Southern Border is an emergency in order to build a wall there. He has been able to piece together $8 billion dollars to start it off with. He has the 1.3 billion from the compromise bill, $600 million will come from the Treasury, the Treasury forfeiture front, $2.5 billion out of [Department of Defense] and 3.5 billion from military construction. That is more than the 5.7 billion he requested from Congress. If the money from the forfeiture holds up, that could set up Trump to use part or all of the expected forfeiture of 14 billion from El Chapo.
“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,” he continued. “Then they came across with $3.5 billion for the military, the military construction budget.” (RELATED: Trump Says DACA For Wall Deal ‘Highly Unlikely’)
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.”
The president’s decision to declare a national emergency for the wall was not unexpected. During the speech Trump gave late last month, where he announced he was going to end the government shutdown, he also explained that he would go down this route if Congress could not come up with a deal within a three-week period, which would have expired Friday.