The arrival of the migrant caravan on America’s Southern border created a national crisis.
Donald Trump tried to solve the emergency by pressing for border wall funding, but the Democrats united to block his request.
The celebration on the left was short-lived when the Armed Forces revealed they had some really bad news for the migrant caravan.
In an Oval Office interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump insisted he would build the wall one way or the other.
Trump stated that if Democrats in Congress did not agree to his request for five billion dollars in wall funding, then he would order the military to build the wall.
His critics scoffed.
Anti-Trump journalists and Democrats claimed Trump was threatening an illegal power grab.
But as usual, it was the critics that ended up with egg on their face.
Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis stunned the migrants in the caravan as well as the Trump critics in the fake news media by asserting that Trump did have the power to order the military to build the wall.
“To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall. However, Congress has provided options under Title 10 U.S. Code that could permit the Department of Defense to fund border barrier projects, such as in support of counterdrug operations or national emergencies,” Lt. Col. Davis stated.
The Pentagon’s announcement ignited furious pushback from the Democrats.
Democrat Congressman Adam Smith – the incoming chair of the House Armed Services Committee – pitched a fit over Donald Trump using the United States military to defend the nation’s border.
Washington Examiner reporter Travis Tritten tweeted:
Smith doesn’t think there is wall funding in Trump’s $750B defense budget top line, but if so lawmakers would ‘freak out’ and move to stop it.
Tritten also reported Smith claimed Republicans in the House would betray Trump and vote to stop him from using the military to build the wall.
But not everyone agreed.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Republican Senator James Inhofe stated that the military could build the wall depending on how the request was phrased.
Bloomberg’s Roxana Tiron tweeted:
@JimInhofe says he doesn’t expect the U.S. military to build the border wall. Much will also depend on how the president makes the request; any projects under mil construction have to be authorized but could be asked differently. Inhofe has his own border bill as alternative
Inhofe proposed legislation that would fund the wall to the tune of $25 billion dollars.
But Democrats will not even agree to support five billion dollars in funding.
$25 billion seems way out of the question for the moment.
The law does allow for the Pentagon to provide for uncapped emergency spending.
But that can only be done in the case of a national emergency or a declaration of war.
While the U.S. has not formally declared war since World War 2, Trump can declare a national emergency.
Thousands of migrants are massing on the U.S. border – an event the President calls an invasion – which qualifies as a national emergency.
In that event, Trump can use the military to build the wall.
Such a move would surely be challenged in court and the Democrat Congress would pitch a fit and try and stop Trump from carrying out this maneuver with legislative language.
But even if Trump only wants to use the army as a last resort, it gives him leverage in the upcoming government funding fight.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.