Back in 2016, as President Trump took to the stage as a long-shot candidate in the Republican primary, his ideology was quite clear.
He was looking to bring an “America first” attitude back to the White House. He would renegotiate our international trade deals, open up new natural resource opportunities right here in America, and bring back American jobs that were lost overseas.
And, of course, he wanted to build a “big, beautiful wall” on the southern border, to ensure that those who wished to enter America would do so through the legal avenues.
This wall has become a sticking point for Democrats, who have attempted to portray it as “racist”. This opposition to the wall has stymied its construction over the course of the last three years, but 2020 could be different.
President Donald Trump’s budget request to Congress says the administration has enough cash to build 1,000 miles of border wall.
“With funding made available from 2017 to 2020, the Administration will build up to approximately 1,000 miles of border wall along the Southwest border,” said the summary of the budget request for 2021 that was sent to Congress Monday.
There is a delay between the arrival of funding and the completion of construction, so the administration is unlikely to reach 1,000 miles of wall for several years. The current schedule says roughly 500 miles will be completed by early 2021
The funding is being taken from the Department of Defense’s construction budget, which is allowed by various federal laws that grant some levels of emergency power to the president. In the last two years, Trump has switched $14 billion in funding, partly because the regular funding is still beset by Democratic opposition and GOP passivity.
It could take the President more than one year’s worth of budget to achieve his 1,000 mile goal, however, which would make it imperative that he remain in office after November’s general election.