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Trump To Divert $7.2 Billion In Pentagon Funds To Wall

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post. The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, …

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Border Chief Dodgy On Fulfilling Trump’s Wall Promise

The New York Times reports that Trump officials remain vague about fulfilling his oft-repeated promise to complete 450 miles of new wall by 2021: The administration has thus far built only 93 miles of the new wall, nearly all of it on federal land where dilapidated barriers existed or vehicle barriers once stood, according to Customs and Border Protection. The …

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Federal Judge Blocks Military Funds For Border Wall

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge in El Paso on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration’s plan to pay for border barrier construction with $3.6 billion in military funds, ruling that the administration does not have the authority to divert money appropriated by Congress for a different purpose. The Trump administration was planning to use those funds to build 175 …

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Private Border Wall Group Defies Court Order To Cease

The Guardian reports: The construction of a private border wall partially funded by rightwing allies of Donald Trump continued with vigor in south Texas this week, seemingly in blatant violation of a court injunction ordering work to be suspended. On Thursday and Friday, within three days of a temporary restraining order being issued, the Guardian found construction crews with at …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Men Climb “Unclimbable” Border Wall

The Desert Sun reports: A video taken by a Mexican citizen shows the newly replaced border fence in Mexicali being scaled by two men with a rope ladder, one of whom makes it over to the United States. The 38-second video shows a pair of men climbing the ladder while another holds it on the Mexico side of the border. …

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Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of Seizing Private Property Needed To Construct Border Wall Sections

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has made his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the de facto project manager for constructing his border wall, frustrated with a lack of progress over one of his top priorities as he heads into a tough reelection campaign, according to current and former administration officials. The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser is pressing U.S. Customs and …

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Trump Admin To Live-Stream Border Wall Construction

The Washington Post reports: Jared Kushner and other senior Trump administration officials are planning to set up web cameras to live-stream construction of President Trump’s border wall, going against objections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, according to four people familiar with the White House proposal. “There will be a wall …

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Trump Defends His “Virtually Impenetrable” Border Wall After Reports That Smugglers Easily Sawed Through It

Politico reports: After years of touting the impenetrability of a border wall, President Donald Trump said Saturday that “you can cut through any wall” as reports surfaced of smugglers sawing through newly erected barriers with readily available power tools. “We have a very powerful wall. But no matter how powerful, you can cut through anything, in all fairness. But we …

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Smugglers Easily Cut Through Trump’s New Border Wall

The Washington Post reports: Smuggling gangs in Mexico have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall in recent months by using commercially available power tools, opening gaps large enough for people and drug loads to pass through, according to U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage. The breaches have been made using a popular cordless …

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Trump: I Was Kidding About Colorado Border Wall

The Hill reports: President Trump early Thursday morning sought to clarify remarks he made regarding his long-promised wall along the southern border, saying he was only kidding when he mentioned that a barrier was being constructed along the non-border state of Colorado. Trump sparked mockery from several Democratic lawmakers Wednesday night after telling a crowd at the Shale Insight conference …

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Replica Of Trump Border Wall Easily Scaled By Experts, Novices, Children, & Man Juggling Three Balls [VIDEO]

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: In Eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge area, an 18-foot replica of President Donald Trump’s border wall is being scaled not only by experienced mountain climbers, but by novices and young children. One climber even scaled it while juggling. “You don’t tell a climber that something can’t be climbed or that it’s impossible,” said Rick Weber, the …

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Replica Border Wall Climbing Contest To Be Held

From the climbing aficionado site Rock & Ice: Many in the climbing community were amused a couple weeks ago when our POTUS held a press conference at a section of his latest border wall design—a series of parallel square steel posts with a 5-foot-high plate at the top. “Impossible to climb,” he stated. He boasted that “the federal government tested …

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BOOK: Trump Flew Into Rage Over Drudge Headline

Mediaite reports: According to the forthcoming book Border Wars, by New York Times reporters Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shear, Trump — on Dec. 18, 2018 — was irate after seeing the Drudge headline: “USA Giving $4.8 Billion to Mexico.” And the president went on to dress down the aides who convinced him to make the agreement with the country. …

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Trump Also Wanted Bayonets For US Border Forces

The Washington Post reports: President Trump told aides last year he wanted U.S. forces with bayonets to block people from crossing into the United States across the Mexico border, one of several proposals he floated at moments of peak frustration with his inability to contain a migration surge, according to current and former administration officials involved in those discussions. Trump …

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Trump Wanted Border Moat Stocked With Alligators And An Electrified Wall Topped With Flesh-Piercing Spikes

The New York Times reports: Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed …

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Trump Scraps Three Wall Projects Over Lack Of Money

Bloomberg reports: The Trump administration scrapped three border wall projects that it said it intended to build using money found from cost savings in constructing other portions of the barrier along the southern border. In a court filing on Friday (Sept 13), the administration said it had determined the savings weren’t sufficient to pay for the additional 20 miles of …

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Senate Dems Attempt To Force Vote On Wall Funding

Roll Call reports: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer will announce that his caucus will force another floor vote to terminate President Donald Trump’s border security national emergency. “This rises to a large and vital constitutional issue: does our country truly have checks and balances, particularly important when we have such an overreaching president? This vote will also provide a …

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Fox & Friends: Trump “Never Should Have” Run On Promise That Mexico Would Pay For The Wall [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Fox & Friends made a subtle but almost historic confession on Thursday’s show: President Donald Trump “never should have” run on the 2016 campaign promise that Mexico would pay for his border wall. The admission that Trump top campaign promise was a fantasy came as the curvy couch talked about how Trump is drawing money from other projects …

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Pentagon Diverts $3.6 Billion To Trump’s Border Wall

The Associated Press reports: Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles (282 kilometers) of President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border. Pentagon officials would not say which 127 projects will be affected but said details will be available Wednesday after members of Congress are notified. They …

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TAKE THE LAND: Trump Tells Aides To Break The Law To Get Wall Built, Promises To Pardon Them If Convicted

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project. He also has told worried …

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