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Trump May Raid Army Corps Of Engineers Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Funds To Build Border Wall
As President Trump scrambles to find someone to pay for his border wall, the Army Corps of Engineers have reportedly provided him with a new piggy bank: Puerto Rico.
The Army Corps' $13.9 billion budget has been divvied up to subsidize various projects around the country, but the President has been briefed on a proposal that could see him dip into those funds, three officials told NBC News.
Among the planned projects are $2.5 billion for post-Hurricane Maria reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico, nearly half of the $5.7 billion proposed cost of Trump's 234-mile border wall, according to NBC.
The President has long resisted providing financial aid to the millions of Americans still dealing with Maria's devastating effects in Puerto Rico.
"The people of Puerto Rico are wonderful but the inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations," he tweeted in late October. "The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!"
He has also regularly refused to accept the official death toll, set at 2,975 people, and accused Democrats of trying to "make me look as bad as possible."
Other Army Corps funds could also be reallocated from flood prevention and protection projects in California, according to NBC News.
But Democrats would still be in a position to block the funds from being moved if this plan goes ahead.
"There are several discussions being had that would aim to protect Texas, California and Puerto Rico's disaster recovery dollars from being used for the unintended purpose of an expensive and ineffective wall," a congressional source involved in ongoing discussions told the Daily News.
Nydia Velazquez, a longtime Democratic New York congresswoman and the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, blasted the plan.
"It would be beyond appalling for the President to take money from places like Puerto Rico that have suffered enormous catastrophes, costing thousands of American citizens lives, in order to pay for Donald Trump's foolish, offensive and hateful wall," she said in a statement.
"Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the President is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it. My Democratic colleagues in Congress and I will fight such a move with every ounce of energy we have."
Trump is currently refusing to sign a budget that does not include $5.7 billion for his wall, while Democrats refuse to put the money into a budget.
The government has been shut down for 20 days.
©2019 New York Daily News. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
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'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.
After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.
Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.
Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.
The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.
They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.
It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.
WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.
Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.
While it can be difficult to peg down just how star-spangled a state is, one indicator is the rate at which citizens enlist in the military, especially during the United States' longest period of sustained conflict. At least, that's the thinking behind WalletHub's new study, 2019's Most Patriotic States in America.