That money Trump plans to seize to build the wall? Much of it has already been spent, not available.
According to a new report in RollCall, some of the money President Trump wants to shuffle around from other federal programs to build his wall has already been spent, and is likely to be unavailable from the sources the Trump administration has previously identified.
Despite the ‘national emergency,’ Trump will still have to seek approval from both parties for some of the money, the report notes, effectively rendering a full one-third of the funds unavailable, RollCall’s John Donnelly writes.
Trump’s power slipping into nothing as more and more administration officials just ignore the fool.
Touching on two of President Donald Trump’s proposals that appear to have floundered after the president made a public display of ordering staffers to proceed with his plans, a columnist for Bloomberg said Trump is quickly turning into a president in name only.
According to Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein, two of the president’s recent proclamations made with great fanfare went nowhere or were scaled back to irrelevancy.
Quoting Buzzfeed, Bernstein relayed: “Although President Donald Trump tweeted that he had ordered his administration to cut off disaster aid to wildfire victims in California, federal officials confirmed on Wednesday that they never received any such directive.”
He then turned to the scaling back of Trump’s much-ballyhooed “Space Force.”
“Bowing to bipartisan concerns in Congress, President Trump retreated Tuesday from his plan to create an independent ‘space force’ in the Pentagon, proposing instead to consolidate the military’s space operations and personnel in the Air Force,” Bernstein wrote, linking to the Los Angeles Times report.
Although the office of the presidency itself is strong, any given occupant will struggle to get anything done unless his party or Congress or the bureaucracy really prioritizes it. We tend to attribute accomplishments to Trump or Barack Obama or George W. Bush. Yet a careful study of events will often show that presidents are usually only going along with what others wanted.
Trump offers a pretty good example: Nearly every time he’s gone out on his own, he’s been defeated.