by Countable | 2.28.18
President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he will not begin construction on his border wall with Mexico until Congress fully funds the project:
I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
The move comes a day after a judge ruled the Trump administration had the legal authority to waive environmental laws to expedite the construction of the wall.
In his budget proposal to Congress, Trump requested $23 billion for border security, with $18 billion earmarked for his "big beautiful wall."
Congress has yet to pass any legislation to fund the wall, and Trump’s demands that Mexico pay for its construction have not materialized.
The president has been urging lawmakers to reject any DACA proposals that do not include funds for securing the border.
As the L.A. Times explained, Trump’s "tweet, an apparent attempt to punish California, seemed to be an effort to fuel the continuing battle between the state’s liberal, pro-immigration officials and Trump’s White House."
It is unclear what Trump means regarding the "sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW" given the state’s opposition to the project.
The Golden State’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, vowed to continue fighting the wall:
We will evaluate all of our options and are prepared to do what is necessary to protect our people, our values, and our economy from federal overreach. A medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border simply does not belong in the 21st century.— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) February 28, 2018
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Since California doesn’t want any section of the wall built, this looks like a win for California.
I thought Trump was the "I can make any deal" man? He told the people foolish enough to vote for him that he would make Mexico pay for the wall. What the hell happened with that? It was all bogus that's what. Now STOP TRYING TO WASTE OUR TAX DOLLARS. There are such things as ladders and shovels.. is this administration really that thickwitted that they think a wall is going to stop people from crossing? How about pass legislation that works on immigration reform instead. Plus, if Trump really wanted that wall he could have cut those tax breaks the GOP gave to the wealthy corporations and use that money for this absurd wall. That way myself and future generations wouldn't have had to pay for more money in the one percents pocket book. NO WALL.
Although said in jest, perhaps it would be more effective to build a wall around Washington D.C.?
Our very own American version of the Berlin Wall. How depressing.
Congress should never fund the border wall it will do nothing to stem the flow of drugs and people where there is a will there is a way and a wall will be a huge waste of time and money at the tax payer expense
Don’t fund this period! It’s a stupid waste of money that Mexico isn’t going to pay for. Get real!
All you idiots saying we should back Trump really need to understand that you're backing a racist, narcissistic, misogynistic, lying, piece of rich white trash who made more than just a border wall promise. He promised universal healthcare at lower cost than Obamacare, he promised to defeat ISIS. He has told you over 1500 lies in the last year. Wanna know how many lies Obama told you? 18. Yeah, that's right, 18. So before you start trying to compare apples and oranges, maybe you should go out and do a little research and find out what's really going on. Trump and the Republicans are lying to you and you're buying it hook line and sinker. The Dems ain't perfect either, but I have more trust in them than I do GOP. Pull your heads out of your rears because they don't give a crap about you, all they care about is power and winning elections.
Only an IDIOT would propose a wall be built between the US and Mexico.... Ooh!
The wall is another vanity project for #45 trying to fill the holes in his soul by bullying the less powerful. While ensuring that our children don’t have enough to eat if they’re not shot to death first, that everyone except the 1% lives in desperation daily by slashing the safety net and all benefits, destroying health care which will kill, he carps about a wall instead of hiring security forces.While poverty, unemployment, illness, housing, and basic survival needs are at risk, distraction, dissolution , and dictatorship attempts come from the White House. Dreamers are hostages and all people of color are demonized. Meanwhile Russian election interference looms over all this suffering. We Americans need to unite to protect our freedoms and each other—not demonize one group after another. No wall, ever.
Exactly which Californians “want” the wall? Not one person I’ve had this conversation with. Let’s get honest. Most Americans are against a wall!
Thank you California.
All you idiots saying “Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall” needs to understand that EVERY President has gone back on their word. Didn’t Obama promise “If you like your doctor you can keep them”. Don’t forget about his promise to removed troops from Iraq. Not to mention that pesky Gitmo Prison that is still open.
No funding for the wall. Let’s fund social security and education!
Vote NO for any border wall!
The wall is useless. It’s not going to stop people from coming through from Mexico. In any event, no border wall. Period.
No wall. Spend the money on our citizens.
No wall. It’s a waste of money. And, by the way, wasn’t 45 claiming Mexico would pay for it?
None of California’s officials have asked for a wall to be built “NOW.” In fact A vast majority of Californians does believe a wall will solve anything. What a major waste of tax dollars and time. Those funds could go to help vets or pay down the national debt.
Impeach Trump now!
Works for me😂. CA is the Sixth largest economy in the world and as such, Gov Brown and the state of CA are not going to be threatened by a Tweet. So, right, let’s just hang on til your wall is ‘fully funded’ or until Mexico ‘pays for it’ or until pigs fly 😂😂😂. Hysterical!