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Supreme Court Decides Trump Can Steal Wall Money From The Pentagon

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Last year, Donald Trump perpetrated the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over funding for his racist border wall along the Mexican border.

He had originally demanded $5.7 billion for its construction, and even temporarily conceded to settle for less.

That is until right-wing media pundits Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter publicly shamed him.

Then Trump reverted back to his original $5.7 billion, refusing to budge, identifying $3.6 billion in military construction funds, $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds, and $600 million from the Treasury department's asset forfeiture rife for the taking.

The government eventually re-opened the end of January after Congress agreed to allow Trump approximately $1.4 billion in border wall funding.

Since then, the question of how to secure funding has been in the hands of the United States Supreme Court after Trump claimed a "national emergency" necessitates immediate action.

Friday, the nation's highest court handed down its decision.

Of the nine justices, the five conservatives all agreed to block a lower-court ruling barring Trump from putting money toward a wall, allowing him to pay for it with $2.5 billion in Congressionally approved Pentagon funds, explaining:

"The Government has made a sufficient showing at this stage that the plaintiffs have no cause of action to obtain review."

The original lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed on the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition's behalf argued the Trump administration "lacks authority to spend taxpayer funds on a wall that Congress considered and denied."

ACLU's National Security Project staff attorney, Dror Ladin, promised the groups will pursue an expeditious appeals process, adding:

"Border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers will be permanently harmed should Trump get away with pillaging military funds for a xenophobic border wall Congress denied."

With just the money originally intended from the Defense Dept., the administration states it can construct more than 100 miles of fencing.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) characterized the decision "deeply regrettable and nonsensical. [It] flies in the face of the will of Congress and the Congress's exclusive power of the purse, which our founders established in the Constitution."

He added:

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