Trump allowed $2.5 billion for border wall

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Published on July 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:14s

Trump allowed $2.5 billion for border wall

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed President Donald Trump a victory by letting his administration redirect $2.5 billion in money approved by Congress for the Pentagon to help build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border even though lawmakers refused to provide funding.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Trump allowed $2.5 billion for border wall

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump a victory Friday (July 26), by letting his administration use $2.5 billion from Pentagon funds to build his promised wall along the U.S. Mexico border, even though lawmakers refused to provide funding.

The conservative-majority court ruled by five votes to four to block a ruling by a federal judge in California barring the president from spending the money on the wall.

The court said the government made a ''sufficient showing" that the groups challenging the decision did not have grounds to bring a lawsuit.

In February, Trump declared a national emergency in a bid to fund the wall without congressional approval - an action Democrats said exceeded his powers under the U.S. Constitution and usurped the authority of Congress.

Trump - who described Friday's ruling as a 'BIG WIN' - has said the wall is needed to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking The wall is part of his hardline immigration policies that are central to his 2020 re-election bid.

Democrats have called the wall immoral, ineffective and expensive.

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