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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the Homeland Appropriations Bill signed by our President--And how he foiled the Deep State in the process

the DS thought they got him over a barrel by leeching onto the funding bill some wording--designed to restrict the President's power
but met and countered by Trump.
First the Good Trump obtained:
▪️Funding for an additional 600 ICE agents
▪️Funding for an additional 5,000 beds to increase detainee capacity
▪️$415 million to provide medical care and humanitarian aid at the border
▪️Increased drug detection abilities at ports of entry by increasing staff, labs,
and equipment

Now the Bad we already know:
🔸Only $1.375 billion for border wall funding

But Trump had a counter move:
🇺🇸Found an additional $6.7 billion (which he is allowed to do) via:
* $3.6 billion from DOD construction funds
* $2.5 billion from DOD counterdrug activities fund
* $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture fund

And the Ugly our hoodlums in Congress tried to pull by restricting presidential power guaranteed by the Constitution:
(The provisions in the Bill, and rebuttal by Trump listed below can be found in the "Statement by the President" on 2/15)
⚠️Tried to curtail Trump's ability to direct military action or assistance by first
requiring congressional advance notice prior to the action
🚫Trump responded by reminding them he is only required to consult Senate for military action in matters of national security to declare war, but as Commander-in-Chief he has authority to direct to protect and help build the border, in so many words.
⚠️Tried to restrict the work and fund use for the Army Corp of Engineers, who
is part of the Executive Branch
🚫Trump reminded them the Corp is under the Executive Branch, and congress can't tell him how to run it, as it is run within his vested powers of the constitution
⚠️Tried to mandate communication with congress from members of the Executive branch without wording to separate legal vs. illegal activity--basically eliminating Executive Privilege, long held authority--when such communication is deemed by the President could compromise national
security, impair foreign relations, or limit communications within the Executive branch
🚫Trump basically said "look as long as the Executive branch is operating in the confines of US law, you don't get to be privy to every conversation we have, look at the constitution.
There are a few other attempts the bad actors in congress not listed here but can be found in the link I provide below. But my take on what congress tried and what the President stopped is this: They tried to leech wording into the bill to prevent POTUS from funding, redirecting
manpower, and performing environmental studies prior to building it, but Trump, unlike Pelosi, read the bill first before signing it. So he issued his "Statement" to inform them that--I saw what you attempted and I offer you my counter move--the constitution.
So Trump will get the funding and manpower needed for the wall, stopped the sneaky attempt by congress to exert more power over the Executive branch, and made them look like fools in the process. So congress, I say to you never send a boy to do a man's job, or the man you face
will whoop you with the switch he made you pick from the tree
Link to POTUS statement:whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat…
Link to how POTUS found the money:whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat…
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