‘Early Christmas’: Pentagon approves $1B transfer to start new border construction, shows support for Trump

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And to think that Tuesday may get even better.

A really good week for Trump supporters got a little better when creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti got his comeuppance, but it keeps on getting better as good news on the border wall was reported late Monday.

Following the news Sunday that Attorney General William Barr informed Congress that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation did not find evidence that President Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election, nor did they find enough evidence to say Trump obstructed justice, we learned Monday that Avenatti was arrested for allegedly trying to extort Nike for as much as $25 million.

And for beleaguered Americans who support the rule of law, the news late Monday night that $1 billion of new border wall funding has been authorized by the Pentagon serves as icing on the cake.

Or an early Christmas.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said the funds will be used to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol, and the Army Corps of Engineers has been authorized to begin planning and execution on 57 miles of new border wall construction.

More from Fox News:

The Pentagon notified Congress late Monday that it authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to erect 57 miles of “pedestrian fencing” along the U.S.-Mexico border in direct support of President Trump’s national emergency declaration from last month.

The fencing, which will be 18 feet high, is to be erected in the Yuma and El Paso sectors, the statement read. The Pentagon’s announcement was notable. A reporter from the New York Times tweeted that it is the first time the funds will be transferred under section 284 for the border wall.

Section 284 allows the Pentagon to “construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies,” the statement read.


Okay, so they are calling it “pedestrian fencing,” but an 18-foot high fence looks an awful lot like a wall.

On Tuesday, the Democrat-led House is expected to vote to override Trump’s veto of a resolution blocking his emergency declaration on the southern border — the order will steer another $3.6 billion from military construction projects to a border barrier.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told Fox News that Trump can expect yet another win here.

“The president will be fine in the House,” McCarthy explained. “The veto will not be overridden.”

In a show of how thoroughly Donald Trump has turned Washington, D.C. on its head, with traditionally pacifist Democrats starting to sound like war hawks.

CNN reported all Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee subpanels of Defense and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies took part in a letter to Shanahan opposing the authorization, citing “serious concerns that the Department has allowed political interference and pet projects to come ahead of many near-term, critical readiness issues facing our military.”

One thing is certain, Americans who voted for Trump are feeling rather festive… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:



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