WH Mulls Redirecting Emergency Funds For Wall, Despite Likely Legal Challenges

US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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February 12, 2019 8:00 a.m.
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The White House is seriously considering taking funds from Army Corps of Engineers’ flood control projects in California, as well as disaster relief money for California and Puerto Rico and DOD military construction funds, to build President Donald Trump’s wall.

However, according to a Monday Politico report, the executive order would be almost certain to draw instantaneous legal challenges and ire from members of Congress who represent the districts that would be denuded of funds.

Usual Trump allies like White House aide Stephen Miller and Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have voiced dissent: Miller thinks the courts will stop the order in its tracks, and the Republicans balk at taking money from the military.

Some also think the optics of Trump taking money from a blue state like California — and not a red one like Texas that also has disaster relief money — would play as obviously partisan.

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