U.S. Rep. Aderholt: Trump ‘has fulfilled his campaign pledge’ using a national emergency to build the border wall
On this week’s broadcast of Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) argued President Donald Trump was doing the proper thing with his pursuit of the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Aderholt said without the wall, there would likely not be any comprehensive immigration reform.
However, he said the wall would remain an issue in the 2020 presidential campaign.
“I think it probably will be because President Trump has made this sort of his signature issue,” Aderholt said to host Don Dailey. “And, he did everything he could to get the funding for it through the legislative process, which was the appropriate way to do that. But then he had to go outside of that through this national emergency. And by law, he can do that. He has fulfilled his campaign pledge in saying, ‘I want to build the wall.’ And that is what he is doing.”
Aderholt downplayed the amount of money funding for the wall was taking from Pentagon coffers.
“When you’re talking about the budget that the Pentagon has and our national defense has, we spend – and I don’t know the exact number per day – I would say for the Department of Defense alone spends probably $1.2 billion a day. So, we’re talking about $3.6 billion out of the entire account – then, this is over a year’s period of time, you’re not talking about a large amount of money coming from one particular project.”