Every action Chuck Schumer takes is designed to advance one goal – defeating Donald Trump in 2020.
But he just got some really bad news on that front.
That’s because the U.S. military dropped a bombshell that has Schumer and the Democrats realizing they made the biggest mistake of their lives.
When Democrats blocked President Trump’s $5 billion dollar funding request for new border wall money, there were high-fives throughout the “resistance.”
Building the wall was President Trump’s signature campaign promise and anti-Trump forces figured if they could portray Trump as a failure on that front, he would be ripe for defeat in 2020.
Democrats thought the threat of a lawsuit might be enough to force President Trump into backing off his plan to use the 1976 National Emergency Act that would use military construction funds to build the wall.
But the Pentagon sent out an email revealing that it just awarded the first two contracts to build new sections of the border wall.
The Department of Defense announced:
SLSCO Ltd., Galveston, Texas, was awarded a $789,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for border replacement wall construction. Nine bids were solicited with six bids received. Work will be performed in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $388,999,999 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (W912PP-19-C-0018).
Barnard Construction Co. Inc., Bozeman, Montana, was awarded an $187,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for design-bid-build construction project for primary pedestrian wall replacement. Four bids were solicited with three bids received. Work will be performed in Yuma, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $93,499,999 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, California, is the contracting activity (W912PL-19-C-0013).
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan expanded on this announcement in a meeting with the Pentagon press pool.
“I can’t give you an exact date … . We are reviewing. I expect an analysis back from the Joint Staff shortly, and that will initiate the next step in the review process. So, I’d love to give you a date … It remains a high priority and focus of the department,” the pool report of Shanahan’s remarks read.
This announcement delivered a kill shot for Schumer’s plans.
Not only is the military announcing progress on building the border wall, but Acting Secretary Shanahan also revealed that construction will wrap up right as the Presidential campaign heads into the home stretch.
This presents President Trump with a readymade victory lap on his signature issue just as voters are locking in and early voting starts.
And that could be the difference between winning and losing the re-election.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in Donald Trump’s efforts to build the border wall.