Opinion/Letter: Trump Should Build Wall

By Letter to the Editor

The time has come for President Trump to break the Democrats in Congress and build the border wall using the executive power he already has.

It’s all over the refusal of Democratic leaders to fund proper border security or negotiate plans for border security, and it comes down to a showdown between the executive branch and the legislative branch over which has the power.

It’s past time for President Trump to take an aggressive stance on what is considered the usual give-and-take and compromise in Washington. There are all kinds of departments and bureaucracies within the executive branch of government with unspent money, and the president can get whatever he needs from those offices and agencies within the executive branch. He does not need the permission of Congress to do this.

Nor does our president need a congressional vote on the matter of national security. The State Department and Defense Department are part of the executive branch of government.

In addition to supervising these and various other agencies within the executive branch of government, the president is also the commander in chief of the armed forces. In this capacity and in the interests of national security, the president may direct any or all of the branches of the armed services to assist in enforcing the security of the nation. For example, the president could direct the resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the planning, construction, and maintenance of a secure southern border.

Are there any questions?

Albert F. Shank II, Albemarle County

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