The Pentagon on Monday released a list of $6.8 billion worth of military-construction projects that could be scuttled to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall, posing political issues for Republican senators who could see bases in their home states lose hundreds of millions of dollars. More than $2.6 billion of that funding would come from 12 states where Republican senators who supported Trump’s declaration are facing re-election next year.
Pentagon Refuses to Confirm McSally’s Claims That Border Wall Won’t Undermine Funding for Arizona Projects
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., defended her vote against blocking President Donald Trump from diverting billions of dollars toward a wall on the southern border, saying the Pentagon assured her it wouldn’t impact military projects in her home state. But by Monday the Pentagon and the White House had not said which projects would be bumped in order to build the wall, raising the political stakes for McSally and other Republicans who will run for re-election next year after voting to take money from military projects.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has involved in racist controversies for years, and Republicans in Washington and Des Moines have been with him the whole way — shrugging off his racist and xenophobic remarks or issuing muted criticism when they came at politically inconvenient times. Now, following a narrow re-election win in November, King is under significant fire from his own party for the first time in his 16-year Washington career after defending white supremacy.
President Donald Trump’s companies in 2018 hired more foreign workers than they have in years -- perhaps decades -- marking a stark contrast between Trump’s dual roles: the nativist politician demanding a 30-foot border wall and calling for U.S. companies to “hire American” and the businessman seeking cheap, seasonal labor. Even as the Trump administration sought to crack down on work visas, his companies hired 192 foreign workers in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., compared the security situation on the southern border to 9/11 in an interview Wednesday, calling it an unprecedented threat despite a significant drop in illegal border crossings in the past decade.
The White House, in making its case that the southern border is a magnet for terrorists and must be protected with a 1,000-mile wall, has argued in recent days that thousands of people who appear on the government’s terror watch list have been apprehended crossing into the country illegally. The argument is wildly inaccurate and represents a significant departure for Republicans who have killed efforts to prevent people on that same list from getting guns.