Despite having a porous and frequently breached border with Mexico, American lawmakers are devoting funds to border security for the nation of Jordan, nearly 6,000 miles away.
— CauseEffect (@TheSignofthe4) December 17, 2019
According to the bill, $7.8 billion will be provided for “Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide.” Within that, $225 million “shall be for payments to reimburse key cooperating nations for logistical, military, and other support…”
Farther down in the section, it states:
Provided further, That these funds may be used to support the Government of Jordan in such amounts as the Secretary of Defense may determine, to enhance the ability of the armed forces of Jordan to increase or sustain security along its borders…
Conservative author Michelle Malkin brought attention to the appropriation on Twitter, writing, “The omnibus bill funds military to protect the borders. No, not of America. Of JORDAN! FFS.”
That stands for “For F*ck’s Sake.”
Meanwhile, there’s nothing new with Trump’s border wall, according to ABC News.
“So much of this border wall remains unbuilt. There’s 86 miles of wall that has been refurbished under the Trump administration, but there has been no new construction,” @JordynPhelps tells @devindwyer about President Trump's proposed southern border wall https://t.co/kPMZ7Pi5tq pic.twitter.com/K8e13bPlj2
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) November 26, 2019
“Three years in to the Trump administration, the president’s key campaign promise – building that southern border wall – still remains elusive,” reporter Jordyn Phelps told America Tuesday. “So the president has put his son-in-law in charge of trying to make this happen, leading a small group of people within the administration to really grease these wheels and get gears going into motion.”
Phelps contends Jared Kushner “has been really ruffling some feathers of career officials … in that process because Kushner is asking them to push through processes that are in place for a reason.”
“One of the things, obviously, that is standing in the way of the president getting that promise is all of that private land that would need to be seized to complete it,” she said, adding that “so much of this border wall remains unbuilt.”
Phelps contends there’s several dozen miles of existing wall that’s been replaced, but nothing new.
“There’s 86 miles of wall that has been refurbished under the Trump administration, but there’s been no new construction,” she said. “All the wall that has been built were in areas where there was already some sort of existing barrier, so still a long way to go before the president completes this promise … just a year to go.”
Victor Skinner contributed to this report.