The Trump administration built about 450 miles of wall, moving quickly by waiving requirements for environmental reviews and mediation, though only about 52 miles were in areas where no barrier previously existed.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.About $2 billion in funding for former President Donald Trump's border wall will be returned to the Pentagon, the Biden administration announced Friday. Above, a pair of migrant families from Brazil pass through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico in Yuma, Arizona, on June 10, 2021.
Eugene Garcia/Associated PressJoe Bidensuspended construction of the wall upon taking office while his administration reviewed the project. That angered Republicans in Congress eager to see it go forward amid an increase in apprehensions of migrants along the southwest border.
Biden plans to return more than $2 billion that the Trump administration diverted from the Pentagon to help pay for the wall and use other money appropriated by Congress to address"urgent life, safety, and environmental issues" created by the construction. It also asks lawmakers not to provide any additional funding for what the Biden team believes is an unnecessary effort. headtopics.com
The government has built walls and other barriers along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border for decades to eliminate some of the easier routes of avoiding checkpoints. Trump turned the issue into a centerpiece of his political identity.
Trump vowed to build a"virtually impenetrable" wall, insisting it would be paid for by Mexico, which never happened. Instead, his administration set aside about $15 billion through a combination of congressional appropriations and taking the money from the Pentagon and other parts of the government.
The Trump administration built about 450 miles (725 kilometers) of wall, moving quickly by waiving requirements for environmental reviews and mediation, though only about 52 miles (84 kilometers) were in areas where no barrier previously existed.Biden's decision to suspend construction prompted Republican senators to ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether the administration was violating federal law in not using appropriated money for its intended purpose.Read more: Newsweek »
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Biden administration to return $2 billion in Trump border wall funds to PentagonThe Biden administration plans to return to the Pentagon roughly $2 billion in unspent military construction funds seized by the Trump administration for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Hooray. The wall is wrong for America. Koch wants to be our dictator. Even if millions die in my opinion. Stop the nonsense! hi BUILD THE DAMN WALL!
Turkey announces 20-tonne gold reserve find worth $1.2BA new mining facility that will employ 500 people and start gold casting in the last quarter of 2022 is being set up in the metal-rich eastern province of Agri. I maybe that much luck once in my life as turkey is?! 🤔 (gas,gold,...) Turkey here I come !!! Wooo Turkey is finding way too many treasures lately. Might become the richest country in the world in a year at this rate.
Biden, Johnson to Meet Ahead of G-7 Summit in U.S.-U.K. Relations TestPresident Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet in person for the first time, in a test of U.S.-U.K. relations amid the pandemic, Brexit and growing tensions over Northern Ireland. Please, we all know it is his stunt double that is going. Joe's not using this as an excuse to pay for his family vacation? In other news, Tiff is pouting because she can't go this time. Who's her daddy? tRump.
Opinion | After Boris Johnson's slavish devotion to Trump, can he bond with Biden?At his core, the British prime minister is the ultimate political chameleon. That may help with Biden, because the U.S. president has also proven utterly adaptable. THINK Biden will probably mistake him for Trump THINK YES! THINK No. Biden is a bitch.
Odd couple Biden and Boris Johnson recommit to U.S.-U.K. 'special relationship'Biden meets with Johnson ahead of the G-7 summit in Cornwall, England. They've differed on Brexit, Northern Ireland and Donald Trump. STILL Trumps ally! Wonder how that will end? The crazy one meets Biden but Biden won't remember it.
U.S. image abroad has rebounded since Biden took office, polls showThe United States ’ image around the world has improved sharply since President Biden took office, polls show on the eve of the G-7 summit in England. nice Awwe. I'm all a tingle We had UK parliament members this morning saying they don’t know if Joe is going to remember what they tell him unless he has an aid there...