President Trump has been campaigning for a U.S.-funded border wall since 2015. Now, the government is finally funding such a wall. In Zimbabwe.
According to a Bloomberg report, the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe secured nearly $500,000 in taxpayer dollars to fund a wall aimed at preserving a historical site important to Zimbabwe. The wall itself is roughly 36 feet tall, and surrounds the fortress of Great Zimbabwe — an ancient ruin that dates back to the 11th century that is the Southern African nation’s namesake.
The regional director for the museum dedicated to the ancient fortress, Lovemore Nyandima, told Bloomberg that “All this is funded under the fund from the U.S. ambassador,” suggesting that money for the wall came from the State Department’s budget.
The $475,000 allocated for the wall will go toward restoring and reinforcing the stone bricks that protect the ancient site, and protect it from being overrun by an invasive species known as the lantana camara weed.
Back in the U.S., Trump’s fight for a border wall is much more slow-going. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Trump was within his right to divert roughly $2.5 billion in Pentagon funding toward building his proposed wall along the Southern border of the United States. And a recent Wall Street Journal report found that some of that money will come from military pensions.
Trump’s wall was the key factor in the 2018-2019 federal government shutdown — the longest shutdown in U.S. history — with the president refusing to sign any government funding bill that didn’t include wall funding. A proposal the administration floated to fund the wall with money allocated to Hurricane Harvey recovery was met with stalwart opposition from members of his own party representing districts that were among those hardest hit by the 2017 hurricane.
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