“We have to stop. No. The military is going to be stronger and bigger and more modernized than ever before. The military is so important. That’s number one, two and three on my list. We have to, we need security in this country, especially now with what’s going on.”
— Donald Trump, in a 2016 Newsday interview, when asked if he would redirect military funds to build infrastructure.
“Defense Secretary Mark Esper agreed on Tuesday to free up $3.6 billion from the Pentagon budget for President Trump’s border wall by effectively defunding 127 military construction projects using emergency authorities,” the Washington Post reports.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told,” Bloomberg reports.
Reporter: Is there any situation in which you would accept even a dollar of wall funding for this president in order to reopen the government?
Speaker Pelosi: A dollar.