Supreme Court paves way for Trump to spend Defense funds on border wall


The Supreme Court has provided President Trump with a victory, allowing his administration to spend $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense on construction of the border wall. Trump's administration is arguing that this border wall is important to protecting national security.

The way this decision works is this - Trump's Defense Department can spend the money, but there's still an ongoing court battle to decide if the government had the authority to use the money for the wall, when it may not have been actually appropriated for the wall, as per a report on CNN. The report states that the 'Supreme Court voted 5-4, along ideological lines, to allow the funds to be used while the court appeals proceed.

In a brief order, the court said that it was ruling in favor of the Trump administration before the litigation has played out because the government had made a "sufficient showing" that the challengers did not have the legal right to bring the case.'

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CNN's story continued, stated that three members who represent the left side of the Supreme Court may have wanted the funds blocked immediately until the court case is settled. Those members are 'Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.' It was Justice Stephen Breyer who suggested that he would allow the government to work out deals with contractors, but they could not spend the actual money yet.

Trump tweeted about his victory, saying "The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed," the President tweeted. "Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!"

At first the decision was blocked by a lower court, but Supreme Court just handed Trump a victory that he might be using during his campaign trail for reelection in 2020.

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