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GOP Senator James Lankford has come out in defense of former President Trump’s border wall.
According to The Daily Wire:
A Republican senator is slamming President Biden for terminating the declaration of a national emergency at the southern border while paying Department of Defense contractors millions of dollars not to build the wall, saying Biden “is paying professional construction contractors to babysit metal to the tune of $2 billion and counting.”
Oklahoma GOP senator James Lankford noted in a press release, “More than 180,000 migrants attempted to cross our southern border in June alone. On January 20, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10142, which terminated the federally declared emergency at the southern border and halted the construction of the congressionally funded border wall, citing the need to ‘assess’ the wall’s construction.”
Lankford issued a scathing report in which it was noted that Biden’s “efforts to suspend or terminate border wall construction have cost taxpayers between $1.837 billion to $2.087 billion since January 20, 2021. This amount continues to increase by at least $3 million per day, according to records and data obtained by the Minority Staff of the Government Operations and Border Management (GOBM) Subcommittee of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).”
“By the end of the Trump Administration, $10 billion had been transferred to U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) accounts for border wall construction and related projects,” the report noted. “As of June 2021, the Biden Administration has wasted roughly 20 percent ($2 billion) of that $10 billion on suspension and termination costs related to border wall contracts. This waste of taxpayer resources threatens military readiness and national security.”
Biden even makes not building a border wall wasteful.