Trump tells subordinates: I will pardon you if you break any laws
President Donald Trump knows he's behind on construction of his wall, and the 2020 election is fast approaching.
Behind closed doors, he's so worried about not getting the job done that he's directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars' worth of construction contracts by seizing private lands, and disregarding environmental rules according to current and former officials.
Per the Washington Post - subordinates have voiced complaints and are worried. Trump has told them that he will pardon them for any potential wrongdoing should they break any laws by getting the wall built as quickly as possible.
Right now - estimates suggest that Trump has only completed around 13 percent of his border wall. He still needs 400 more miles, and time is running out for him politically.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency confirmed these numbers.
Even if Trump does pull this off, 500 miles of border wall will be half as much as he promised during the 2016 election. In fact, he first said he'd do a 1,900-mile wall but very quickly talked that number down to 1,000 miles.
To make matters worse, the only construction that has currently been completed isn't even new wall at all, it's replacement. So, we think Trump shouldn't even get credit for this, at least with his supporters who look to him as their hero.
On Tuesday night, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi went after Trump for taking $251 million from the Department of Homeland Security disaster relief fund to pay for his wall.
This is hurricane season and Puerto Rico is set to be declared a state of emergency again with Tropical Storm Dorian hitting on Wednesday.
"Stealing from appropriated funds is always unacceptable, but to pick the pockets of disaster relief funding in order to fund an appalling, inhumane family incarceration plan is staggering – and to do so on the eve of hurricane season is stunningly reckless." Pelosi said.
While Trump has no problem paying for his wall, he did grip about needing to give more funds to Puerto Rico, suggesting that $92 billion was already enough. That's not even the number they really got, that's just what he claims. The real number is far less, with the island receiving only around $14 billion through May of this year.