Past Features

April 15, 2017

Borkowski spent $148 million
Trump left with $20 million

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The Hill -- April 13, 2017
Feds only have funding for 7 miles of Trump's border wall: report
    The Trump administration currently has funding to build just seven miles of a promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new report.
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) currently has $20 million for the structure, ProPublica reported Thursday. The report said the agency's top contracting official revealed the amount during a conference in San Antonio this week.
    But it's only a drop in the bucket. The U.S.-Mexico border runs for 2,000 miles. Trump's proposal for a wall covering 1,000 miles is estimated to cost $20 billion.
    The wall was one of President Trump's signature campaign promises, and he swore Mexico would eventually pay for the wall. Trump asked for $2.6 billion for the wall in his federal budget blueprint last month. He's also asked for an additional $1.5 billion in a supplemental spending measure for fiscal 2017. [...]
    Mark Borkowski, CBP's chief procurement officer, said construction on the wall will start at least two years after that if full funding is provided by Congress.
GOP leaders likely won't attach wall funding to April's government spending bill, leaving the question of when Republicans will push for wall funding unclear.

Glenn Spencer -- April 15, 2017
Is President Trump aware?
    When I first briefed Mark Borkowski on my border technology almost four years ago, he said: "You don't have to introduce him, anyone who knows anything about the border knows who Glenn Spencer is."
     I have been reporting on the Coronado Forest scandal for well over a year. If Borkowski is right, then someone in the Trump administration must be aware of these reports. They must know that Borkowski spent $148 million on camera towers that shouldn't have been built, and are most likely useless.
    Has President Trump been told about this scandal?
    Is he aware of what is going on at DHS?